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Bring out the bodies
While it might seem at odds with modern sensibilities, on-stage death scenes were taboo as Greek plays still had religious significance. Instead when a character died — and they often did in tragedies — the audience would usually hear about it via messenger. However, as stagecraft evolved, the Ancient Greeks developed the ekkyklema, a platform that could be wheeled on stage (often through the skene doors) to present an actor playing dead.