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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.

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