quotes, the chorus

the slaughter of the chorus

The chorus does everything in Greek theater except become a main character – kill or be killed, love or fall in love. Zack’s friend and mine, Sumana, sent me this Socrates quote a couple weeks ago and I only just looked at it:

“Do you regret that we have not become important, like the kings we see in tragedy, men like Atreus, Thyestes, Agamemnon, and Aegisthus? They are always portrayed as victims of murder, as figures to be lamented, as preparing and eating evil banquets. No tragic poet has had the audacity or lack of decency to introduce into his play the slaughter of the chorus.”