Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 1997


During the 5th century BCE Athenians honored the god Dionysus at two public events with ritual activity, political business and public spectacle. The smaller of the two, the Leneaen festival, took place in the winter, and the city Dionysia a few months later in the spring.2 These festivals featured a number of musical and poetic events, but they are best known to us as the occasions for the performance of Greek tragedy and comedy.3


Reprinted from The Yale Journal of Criticism, Volume 10, Issue 2, 1997, pages 397-421.
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Date Posted: 24 October 2006

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