Oedipus Webquest

Topics: Sophocles, Tragedy, Aeschylus Pages: 4 (1429 words) Published: December 17, 2014
 OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles WebQuest

You are patrons at the Festival for Dionysus and will be witnessing the first public performance  of Oedipus Rex. Your task is to record your findings on the festival itself, the components of  Greek theater, and how Oedipus Rex fit well into the classic definition of tragedy. TASK

You will have three tasks to complete during this webquest: 1. The Festival of Dionysus
‐ You will travel to the below links and find information on the Festival of Dionysus. Take  notes on your findings and specifically find the answers to these questions: A. Who was/is Dionysus?
Dionysus was the god of the vine. He invented wine on Mount Nysa and spread the art of tending grapes around the world. Dionysus was one of the most influential deities of the ancient Olympians, and if he chose to do so, the god of wine could drive a person mad - no normal constraints could hold him or his followers. ("Myth Man's Dionysus." Myth Man's Dionysus. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2014.) B. Why is there a festival in his honor?

It was held in honor of the gods. The festival of Dionysus was a religious event in which there were many events held in the theater. These included comedies, tragedies, and dramas. Dionysus was even portrayed in the theater with a mask. In addition, the theater of Dionysus was one of the largest in Greece. ("The Ancient Greeks - the Athenians of Ancient Greece." The Ancient Greeks - the Athenians of Ancient Greece. N.p., 1997-2009. Web. 23 Nov. 2014.) C. What is another name for the festival?

It is also known as the Dionysia Festival. (http://t2henson.wikispaces.com/share/view/46284636) D. When does the festival take place?
The festival was held three months after the rural Dionysia, through the month of Elaphebolion (the end of March and the beginning of April), most likely to celebrate the end of winter and the arrival of the new growing season....
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