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In accordance with the popular notions about the satyrs, their costume consisted of the skin of a goat, deer, or panther, thrown over the naked body, and besides this a hideous mask and bristling hair.
The choruses in satyr plays usually involved the use of musically-inclined animals (such as monkeys).
These animals were seen as a form of mockery for the ongoing issues in society.
Satyr plays began to incorporate aspects of comedy because comedy began to have a forgetfulness within their concepts around the time that satyr plays were getting more popular.
Some well known examples are Heracles, Agen, and Menedemus.
Among Euripides’ entries, Haigh underlines Theristae (431 BC), Sisyphus (415 BC) and Alcestis which Euripides was allowed to present as a replacement of the traditional satyr play.
The dance of the chorus in the satyric drama was called sicinnis, and consisted of a fantastic kind of skipping and jumping.The only satyr play to survive in its entirety is Euripides' Cyclops, based on Odysseus' encounter with the cyclops, Polyphemus, in Book 9 of the Odyssey.
In the Athenian Dionysia, each playwright customarily entered four plays into the competition: three tragedies and one satyr play to be performed either at the end of the festival or between the second and third tragedies of a trilogy, as a spirited entertainment, a comic relief to break the oppression of hours of gloomy and fatalistic tragedy. The general theme of heaven, fate, and the gods affecting human affairs in the tragedies was carried through into the festivities of the chorus of satyrs and Sileni, companions of Dionysus.Aeschylus was noted for his satyr plays, the largest fragment of which to have survived being his Dictyulci ('The Net Fishers') in which the baby Perseus is washed up on the shore with his mother Danae and is found by Silenus and the satyrs.We also have large fragments of a satyr play of Sophocles called Ichneutae ('The Trackers'), in which the satyrs are employed by Apollo to track down his stolen cattle, and discover the baby Hermes.The satyr plays generally took on topics that were popularized within society in the approach of a satyric farce.Many characters and plays in general represented the way that satyr plays incorporated aspects of comedy.The number of persons in the chorus is not known, although there were probably either twelve or fifteen, as in tragedy.