Theater first began in Athens as part of a festival called “City Dionysia” or “Great Dionysia” which honored the god of wine, Dionysius. At the time, Athens was a cultural, political, and military center.
It is here that the three theatrical styles, comedy, tragedy, and satiric drama originated. The festival was so popular that Athens sent it to various city-states to help encourage cultural cohesion between all the city-states.
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