CLAS 1020 Theater Terms

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Theatron (cavea)

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Theatron (cavea)

seating for audience

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Orchestra

dancing floor for chorus

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Parodos

ramp for chorus' entry and exit

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Proscenium

stage

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Skene

backdrop

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Prologue

announcement of a subject

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Parodos

entrance of choruses

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Episodes

3 to 6 "acts" (dialogue among soloists) alternating with several stasima

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Stasima

choral odes

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Strophe

turn

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Antistrophe

counter-turn

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Kommos

dialogue between actors and chorus

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Exodos

exit of chorus

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3 unities

time, place, action

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Mimesis

imitation

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Catharsis

(purification) or negative emotions especially pity or fear

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Protagonist

main sufferer

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Hubris

arrogant pride

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Hamartia

fault, crime, sin

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Anagnorisis

recognition

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Peripeteia

reversal

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Machina

crane

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