Introduction to the Lenaia 2022

This is the third time I’m introducing the Lenaia festival and I assume the roots of this Dionysian celebration of drama arts don’t really need any more explanation or description. The four days that constitute the Λήναια [Lēnaia] are the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th days of the month of Γαμηλιών [Gamēliōn] – which is usually around January/February. The last day of the Lenaia leads to the Full Moon which is the centre of the lunar month of Gamelion.

Previous editions of the Lenaia are introduced here for 2020 and there for 2021.

As previously, I’ll briefly introduce an excerpt from a different play each of the four days and focus on one aspect that I would advise you to meditate on or just ‘think’ about. The word think, by the way, will be a trigger whose impact we will have to contemplate in the first excerpt that we will read tomorrow.

Hereunder is a list that will redirect to each of the excerpts for each of the four days of the Lenaia. The links will be updated everyday, so do not forget to come back and check.

Καλὰ Λήναια ! Merry Lenaia !

1st Day: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

2nd Day: Hippolytus by Euripides

3rd Day: Nāgānanda by Harṣavardhana

4th Day: Tartuffe by Molière

Pentheus being torn apart by his own family. Red-figure cup. Circa 480 BCE.

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