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.