Serving as choregus or chorus leader was a liturgy (leitourgia) -- like a heavy tax on the wealthy. (Running a warship for a year was another, even more costly liturgy.) The eponymous archon
would choose the choregus for each of the three tragic poets for the following year's City Dionysia at Athens
. The choregus trained the chorus and paid for equipping, housing, and feeding it. At the procession to the theater at the start of the festival, the choregoi (plural of choregus) wore gold and bore crowns.
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