While the Greeks may not have had anything as fancy as the casumo casino to gamble at, they certainly loved to wager on different sporting events and had a variety of games that they played in their spare time, some of which certainly passed on down through the generations to become the games still played today in various casinos throughout the land.
Greeks gambled to pass time and to enjoy themselves just like it’s still done today, but there was another pastime that the Greeks are certainly more famous for and that is their love of the theatre, and the many different types of plays and writings by the masters of theatre that they passed down from generation to generation are a full testament to this fact.
The fact is that while for the most part theatre as it’s known today was a Greek invention, yes, other cultures certainly had traditions and rituals that may in the broader sense have been considered theatre. In spite of this it was the Greeks who really put a stamp on the process of writing and performing their own early version of the theatre with the flourish of costumes and actors and actresses playing the roles written for them by the Greek masters of literature.
It was considered a part of Greek life to involved in some way with the theatre whether as a player or spectator and in many ways it was even considered a part of your citizenship to be connected to the theatre.
Even other aspects of Greek life, such as the law, philosophy and politics were touched by the influence of theatre and great orators and playwrights of the time such as Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles all considered their talents as essential when speaking to the masses as the speeches before an audience (be it onstage or in court): these were expected to be dramatic and delivered with a certain embellishment – theatre, indeed!