Visual Timeline: Greek Dance

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1500 BCE: Images of female dancers, perhaps goddesses or priestesses, appear on gold rings and as clay figurines in Crete.
740 BCE: Dipylon inscription, the oldest known text written in the Greek alphabet, labels the Dipylon wine-jug as the prize of a dance competition.
600 BCE: Dithyramb, a form of choral song and dance in the honour of Dionysos, emerges in Delos.
575 BCE: Unisex group of line dancers on Francois Vase represent the Athenian youths and maidens saved by Theseus from the Cretan labyrinth.
550 BCE - 300 BCE: Dancing figures, men and women, frequently appear in painted and sculpted artworks all around the Greek world.
509 BCE: Lasus of Hermione introduces the dithyramb choral competition, known as the Great Dionysia, in Athens.
400 BCE - 300 BCE: Female draped dancers, a particularly attractive category of Tanagra figurines, are produced in Boeotia.
200 BCE: A descriptive review of Greek dance, including its history and typology, is given by Athenaeus in Book 14 of his Deipnosophists.
160 CE: Lucian of Samosa writes De Saltatione (Of Dance), the only extant treatise on dance from antiquity, about the Roman theatrical form, pantomime, and its roots in ancient Greek dance.
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