Greek painted pots provide important evidence about aspects of Greek theatre such as masks, costumes, stages and acting. Scenes showing comedy are easy to recognise because the artists make it clear that the figures are actors by showing their masks; scenes from tragedy are less explicitly theatrical. Theatre was popular throughout the Greek world and most of the pots showing performances come not from mainland Greece, but from the Greek cities in southern Italy. Here is a selection of pots showing scenes from plays.
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