All entries for Friday 15 October 2004
October 15, 2004
No Purple, but lots of Greeks…..TOGA!!!
Writing about web page http://www.blogs.warwick.ac.uk/shimonastarling/gallery/toga_party/
i. Is it possible to determine whether the ancient vase paintings are depictions of theatrical performances, or of the myths upon which the plays are also based?
Can't remember if women were allowed in plays, get the feeling they weren';t though, so their presence on the vase would indicate that it represents the myth rather than the play. Natalie says so too. Good old natalie :D
Kate thinks that Orestes' costume is very theatrical, especially the helmet, I think if I was going to make a vase, I'd give him a pretty helmet too, if it was the myth or the play.
Snakes appear on several of the vases especially with Erinyes, it is doubtful whether the furies onstage would have carried around live, poisonous snakes.
ii. In the light of your response to i. above, how significant may ancient vase paintings be as evidence for ancient theatre practice?
If they really are based on theatrical performances they may be slightly useful, they provide information on costume and props. However we doubt it.
How to write a good analysis??
Pictures, although not a necessary element of answering the question, do provide backup in immediate understanding of the content. Plus they break up those huge reams of text with a bit of colour.
The General worship of Hugh Denard that lightly breaks up comments, along with the immortal words 'Purple, purple, purple' are hugely beneficial to the group, not to mention the country as a whole.
Some people ie. Scarfed Jack, prefer to punctuate their work with satirical wit. Which is a blessing because he writes so damn much.
Sparse but plenty of notes can make for difficult reading, just the paragraph will do.
Kate suggests a rating system may be a good idea, she's right.