Sirtaki, also spelled syrtaki, is probably one of the most famous Greek dances known around the world.
What is the name of religious Greek dances?
These religious dances, which were called Apollonian, were performed with instruments such as lyres, lutes, and kitharas. These dances might also be performed at funerals. Greeks also had a more energetic dance, called Dionysian dance. It is clear that the Greeks valued dancing and skilled dancers.
What is Rome dance?
Roman dance was influenced by Etruscan and Greek dance. Pyrrhic dances, for example, were invented by Greeks but popularized by Romans (See Ancient Greece). Dancing priests that were members of the noble class did war dances in full armor with a sacred shield in their left hand and a staff in the right hand.
Why are the maenads dancing?
Often the maenads were portrayed as inspired by Dionysus into a state of ecstatic frenzy through a combination of dancing and intoxication. During these rites, the maenads would dress in fawn skins and carry a thyrsus, a long stick wrapped in ivy or vine leaves and tipped with a pine cone.
How do Apollonian dance and the Dionysian dance differ?
Apollonian involves stillness and thinking. Dionysian involves movement, dancing, individual and collective trance and ecstasy.
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