Hal­lowed ground

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The or­ches­tra was the old­est part of the the­atre. A cir­cu­lar area with an al­tar (known as a thymele) in the cen­tre, it had been re­served for re­li­gious cer­e­monies since the 6th cen­tury BCE. Rather than be­ing a pit for mu­si­cians, the or­ches­tra in Greek the­atre was where the cho­rus per­formed. Even as Greek the­atre in­creas­ingly gave way to act­ing, the cho­rus con­tin­ued to play a vi­tal part in pro­duc­tions, of­ten pro­vid­ing com­men­tary on what char­ac­ters were do­ing.

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