The Greeks have never been averse to strapping on their sandals and slitting a few throats in the name of Zeus so it was interesting to read their take on the power of theatre in instructing young men in the art of managing their emotions and thoughts when faced with dangerous situations.

In theatre, no-one gets hurt by the drama being acted out on stage even when it involves a trip to the Underworld. All sounds very grown-up and civilised.

The Greeks called this training the ‘Orphic Mystery School.’ Sounds like the name of a progressive rock band if ever I’ve heard one.

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