About the selection and training of Greek actors we know little. They were alm.ost certainly not full-time professionals. Although actors were paid for their festival appearances, opportunities for performance were limited. In Athens, the major dramatic festivals occupied only three weeks of the. year, and although smaller, local festivals existed, in which actors from urban centres could be invited to participate.:. the Greek theatre, too, had its straw-hat circuit-we may assume that for part of the year they had to turn to other things. Several of them are known to have taught public speaking, one of the major components of Greek education, and a discipline that had important connections with the theatre.