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Tragedy, one of the most influential literary forms that originated in Greece, is esp. associated with Athens in the 5th cent. bc. All but one of the surviving plays date from the 5th ...

tragedy, Greek

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (2 ed.)

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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...excerpts rather than whole tragedies. Although Greek tragedy continued to be performed and remained influential in Greek-speaking cities, the early Roman tragedians Quintus Ennius , Lucius Accius , and Marcus Pacuvius adapted them for a Latin-speaking world. Eventually artists at sixteenth-century Italian courts self-consciously developed opera as a sung form of poetic, mythological drama that included the choruses, recitative, and solos (monodies) of Greek tragedy. [ See also Actors and Acting ; Aeschylus ; Comedy, Greek ; Dionysia ; Euripides ; ...

tragedy, Greek

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Richard A. S. Seaford, Patricia E. Easterling, Fiona Macintosh, and Fiona Macintosh

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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...Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (1997); C. Pelling (ed.), Greek Tragedy and the Historian (1997); S. Goldhill and R. Osborne (eds.), Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy (1999); H. P. Foley , Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (2001); C. Sourvinou-Inwood , Tragedy and Athenian Religion (2003); J. Gregory (ed.), A Companion to Greek Tragedy (2005); M. Revermann and P. Wilson (eds.), Performance, Iconography, Reception: Studies. Taplin (2008); E. Hall , Greek Tragedy (2010); L. A. Swift , The Hidden Chorus (2010). ...

tragedy, Greek

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Richard A. S. Seaford, Patricia E. Easterling, Fiona Macintosh, and Fiona Macintosh

The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (2 ed.)

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...II.4. Modern reception Reception of Greek tragedy has become a major focus in classical reception studies. With the realisation in the 1980s that there was a need to document the vibrant history of ancient plays in the modern world (especially noticeable with the increase in productions worldwide from the 1960s onwards) came the understanding that the performance history of Greek tragedy was an important part of the history of classical scholarship as well as theatre history. In recent years the reception of Greek tragedy has extended back into antiquity with...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

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..., Greek Tragedy, one of the most influential literary forms that originated in Greece, is esp. associated with Athens in the 5th cent. bc . All but one of the surviving plays date from the 5th cent., but these represent only a tiny sample of the vast body of material produced from the late 6th cent. onwards: thirteen new tragedies in a normal year in the latter part of the 5th cent. The popularity of the dramatic festivals at Athens attracted interest in other cities, with the result that performances of tragedy rapidly became common elsewhere, and what...

Greek tragedy

Greek tragedy  

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Tragedy, one of the most influential literary forms that originated in Greece, is esp. associated with Athens in the 5th cent. bc. All but one of the surviving plays date from the 5th cent., but ...
Troilus and Cressida

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...arrives, prophesying the destruction of Troy unless Helen is restored to the Greeks. Troilus, however, is unmoved, and Paris wishes to keep his abducted partner. Hector, though unpersuaded by their arguments, concedes that he too means to maintain the quarrel for the sake of Troy’s prestige, and tells them of the challenge he has sent the Greeks. 2.3 Thersites, still furious at his beating from Ajax, amuses Achilles and Patroclus with his railing. When the other Greek commanders arrive, with Ajax, Achilles withdraws into his tent and refuses to speak...

Richard III

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Randall Martin and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...their own Gothic, Satanic villains. Modern studies of the play have tended to divide between those which approach it as a self-contained tragedy focused on the titular character and those which see it as the final instalment of the larger historical drama played out across the Henry VI plays. One area of interest from the first perspective is the play’s structural and rhetorical affinities with Greek and neo-Senecan tragedy, with Margaret, Elizabeth, and the Bosworth ghosts ritually invoking forces of nemesis and revenge, and Richmond acting as an agent of...

18 Theories of Text, Editorial Theory, and Textual Criticism

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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..., at the *Soncino Press; and the first Greek New Testament, the *Complutensian Polygot, was printed in 1514 but not published until 1522 . It was narrowly beaten to the market by Erasmus’s edition, which, despite being hurriedly edited from the few MSS readily to hand, became the basis of the textus receptus that would dominate for four centuries, underlying Robert *Estienne ’s editions ( 1546 and 1549 ), Beza’s Greek testaments ( 1565–1604 ), the *Authorized Version ( 1611 ), and the *Elzevier s’ Greek testament ( 1624 ). 3 After the...

The Winter’s Tale

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...oracle’s pronouncement gave her hope of seeing her child again. Leontes matches Paulina with Camillo, and asks pardon from Polixenes and Hermione for his former suspicions. Artistic features: The play is perhaps most remarkable for its almost programmatic movement through the tragedy of Acts 1 to 3 to the pastoral comedy of Act 4 (pivoting on the immortal stage direction, ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’, at once catastrophic and farcical) and finally into the tentative, fragile tragicomedy of Act 5, its final scene at once wholly implausible and irresistibly...

Coriolanus

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...The last and most uniformly political tragedy in the canon can be dated by a number of topical allusions. Shakespeare’s interest in the story of the legendary Caius Martius and his antipathy towards the hungry mob may have been stimulated by the food riots which took place in the Midlands during 1607 and 1608 , while two minor details point to other recent events: the great frost of December 1607–January 1608 (alluded to at 1.1.171) and Hugh Middleton’s project to bring water to the City of London via the artificial ‘New River’, only completed...

Antiquarianism (Popular)

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...multiple strands of cultural populism flourished. The lived-in past—carnivalesque, heteroglossic, violent, vastly and numinously archaic—became newly fashionable from 1818 , to bear strange fruit in John *Martin 's Old Testament paintings or Thomas Lovell *Beddoes 's Bride's Tragedy ( 1822 ) and Death's Jest Book (begun 1825 ). Scott portrayed a schismatic, ungovernable middle ages in three novels of 1820 , Ivanhoe, The Monastery , and The Abbot ; Mary *Shelley , a brilliantly complex and sophisticated sketch of a fourteenth-century city-state in ...

ghost

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Stage figure of revenge tragedy, who predicts or demands retribution for a past wrong. Rare in Greek tragedy, the figure was firmly established by Seneca, whose bloodthirsty shades were models ...
Greek Poetry

Greek Poetry  

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[This entry includes thirteen subentries: Overview to 1 bceOverview from 1 ceDidactic PoetryEpicPost-Classical Greek EpicChoral LyricLyricPastoralEpinician PoetryElegiac PoetryEpigramsThe Iambic ...
Domenico Lazzarini

Domenico Lazzarini  

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(1668–1734).Founder member of the Accademia dell' Arcadia and from 1711 professor of classics at Padua. He championed the Greek model in Tragedy. Ulisse il giovane (1719), his adaptation of ...
revenge tragedy

revenge tragedy  

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A dramatic genre that flourished in the late Elizabethan and Jacobean period, sometimes known as ‘the tragedy of blood’. Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (c.1587) helped to establish a demand for this ...
Ghetto Comedies

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Israel Zangwill, 1907, William Heinemann.‘Over all Zangwill's work’, wrote his friend Thomas Moult, ‘broods tragedy—tragedy in the Greek, the true sense. It was instinctive in him to feel tragedy ...
music in Greek and Roman life

music in Greek and Roman life  

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‘Let me not live without music’, sings a chorus of greybeards in Euripides (Hercules furens 676). Expressions such as ‘without music’, ‘chorusless’, ‘lyreless’ evoked the dreary bitterness of war, ...
tragedy

tragedy  

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A serious drama with an unhappy ending involving the downfall of the protagonist. One of Frye's four main literary genres, the others being comedy, romance, and satire. For Aristotle, this involved ...
Phrynichus

Phrynichus  

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An early Athenian tragic poet; see tragedy, greek. The Suda says that he won his first victory between 511 and 508 bc and was the first to introduce female characters in tragedy. Themistocles was his ...

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