The Role of Dance in Ancient Greece

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 26 April 2022

There were many occasions in ancient Greece where people danced, especially since rhythmic physical exercise and pall playing were also considered dance. The ancient Greeks would dance at weddings, symposiums (which were all male drinking parties), and events like Greek theatre which saw choreographed performances by the chorus. Dance is an element of the mousike in ancient Greek literature, which is a term that includes all types of performing arts from music and dance to singing and recitation, but there is evidence that suggests it was also practised as an independent skill.

We have evidence of ancient Greek dance all the way back to the second millennium BCE on Crete from the Minoan civilisation. Classical Greek writers attribute the birthplace of several kinds of dance to Knossos and the island of Crete. Seals and gold rings found across the island at sites like Isopata and Hagia Triada show depictions of dancing women, usually in a religious context, along with wall paintings at Knossos and female dancing figurines that were found at Palaikastro. Dancers were commonly depicted in both historical and mythological ancient Greek literature with the most infamous dancers being the satyrs and maenads who were companions of the god of wine and revelry, Dionysus. The satyrs are mischievous and merry half-men-half-goats who were more often than not dancing and chasing young women (usually Maenads).

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
1:11 Dance in Ancient Greece
2:08 The History of Dance in Greece
2:56 Types of Dance in Ancient Greece
4:20 Dancing in Greek Mythology
5:36 Outro

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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