Chanietis A. -Theatricality beyond the Theater

The perception of life as a drama and the diffusion of other dramatic similes in Greek thought are directly related to the increasing popularity of theatrical performances, first in classical Athens, later in the Hellenistic world. Public performances inevitably had a strong impact on the mentality of contemporary people.

Plato had already realized this , and recent research has, indeed, made clear that the important position theater had acquired in Athens by the end of the 5th century BC increased the expectation of the Athenians that they would experience performances and spectacles outside the context of theatrical productions, in the assembly or in the court . It did not escape Thucydides’ notice that in the city which had given birth to theater public life increasingly resembled a spectacle․