After the waining of Greece’s Golden Age, where all the immortal plays and art we know today have come to pass, the Hellenistic Age brought upon a new genre of Greek theatre, called the New Comedy.In short— they were simplistic, conventionalized, re-used plots with stock characters, typically centered around thwarted lovers that live happily in the end.
If we look at the social lifestyle of the Hellenistic Age, the Greeks were under great stress and paranoia over economic woes. It’s been noted through history that artistic values mirror the quality of living. In times of stress or difficulty, art more and more becomes simply outlets of distraction, where intellectual or thought-provoking tales are cast aside for quick, cheap laughs.
So the next time you notice what crappy movies Hollywood is dishing out, you might want to check the value of the dollars you wasted on seeing it.