October 21, 2006
WEEKEND: A GOAT EXPLAINS GREEK TRAGEDY
Goat Rope is pleased to offer another contribution on ancient Greece by alpine goat and historian Corneilus Agrippa.
Cornelius is the Goat Rope Farm Dean of Classical and Alchemistical Studies. You can view his commentary from last weekend in the archives.
This series is part of Goat Rope's ongoing efforts to elevate the level of popular discourse and promote greater appreciation of both the humanities and the animalities.
Disclaimer: the opinions expressed by the animals writing for Goat Rope are not necessarily those of the Goat Rope staff. But they might be.
A GOAT EXPLAINS GREEK TRAGEDY
OK. Greek tragedy is cool and it's all because of goats. Tragedy comes from the Greek words for goat song.
Which reminds me. I wrote a song the other day. Like to hear it? Here it is:
Pretty awesome, huh? That was like a tragedy or something.
Alright, so like Greek tragedy was like a combination rock concert, superbowl, and religious festival. Except the religion was cool. You guys ought to try that some time.
The big gig was in Athens during the spring festival of Dionysus, god of wine. How come you guys don't have gods like that anymore?
It was an all-day contest between three poets who each produced a series of three tragedies and a funny satyr play. As I said last week, satyrs are part goat, baby!
Everybody came and then they voted on a winner. Usually the theme was from one of the myths but sometimes they tried to use more current things.
At first they think tragedies were just a chorus singing. Then they added one actor who talked to the chorus, then they a few more. And that's how you guys got television and the dorky movies you watch today.
What happened to you guys anyway? You used to be a lot cooler.
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