Ancient Greek Entertainment

Ancient Greece plays an influential role, even in society today. Clothing, theatre and athletics were an important part of Ancient Greek Society.

Greek clothing was usually handmade and was colorful and had intricate designs. Women and men's clothing consisted of a tunic, which was
either peplos or chiton , and a cloak, which was called a himation. A peplos was made of heavy fabric, made from the same material that blankets were made, and was a large rectangle that was draped over the body and pinned at the shoulders. A chiton was made of a lighter material and was worn in the same fashion.

Women's Clothing

Intricate Designs

Men's Clothing

The traditional style for women to wear their clothing was floor-length and men wore theirs above the knee or higher[1] .

Battle Attire
In these Ancient Greece, battle attire was entirely different than how it is known today. The lowest economic class of soldiers would have a shield and maybe a helmet. The wealthy soldiers had a bronze breastplate, helmet and chin guards. In Sparta however, they were covered head-to-toe in armor[2] .

Low Class Soldier
Wealthy Soldier

Spartan Warrior

Helmet Worn in Battle


Theatre as it's known in the 21st century, is derived from theatre in Ancient Greece. Athenians were known for their perfection of tragedy and comedy and frequently held competitive festivals where men would battle in stadiums and in front of large crowds. Some of the men well known for developing Greek theatre are Sophocles and Euripides. These men were "masters" of Greek tragedy[3] .


In Theatre, men usually played multiple roles and wore masks like the one above to play the parts.

StructureGreeks took advantage of their sloping hillsides to build their massive, outdoor theaters. Greeks also built their theaters in proximity to their sanctuaries, for religious purposes. In general, a theater was built in a semi-circle with terraced seating and the "orchestra", or stage, in the center. Although it might be suspected that those who sit near the top will not be able to hear what is being said in the orchestra, words can be heard just as well as if they were sitting in the front row[4] .

  1. ^ http://www.ancientgreece.com/s/Clothing/
  2. ^ http://www.ancientmilitary.com/greek-warriors.htm
  3. ^ http://www.yourdiscovery.com/greece/entertainment/theatre/index.shtml
  4. ^ http://www2.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/tragedy_theater.html