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  • n. Plural form of tragedian.


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  • Why do we continue to revere Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides when Aristotle mentions none of them in citing the greatest tragedians of ancient Greece?

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  • Ross Anderson, writing for The Times, summed up the euphoric reactions of the press when he stated that, 'In its praise, critics have summoned Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy and the Greek tragedians.'

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  • Intellect destroys, negatives, satirizes and ends in pure nihilism, instinct creates life, endlessly, hurling forth profusely and blindly its clowns, tragedians and comedians.


  • The primitive and very ancient root τέλειος already appears in Homer (possibly around the eighth century B.C.), but τέλεος took firmer shape in primitive Greek, that is the “Doric” language, segued into the Attic dialect (around the early sixth century B.C.), and subsequently makes numerous walk-on appearances in the very hieratic, formal language of the fifth-century B.C. tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.

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  • When we asked Brian Kulick, the artistic director of the off-Broadway Classic Stage Company, to tabulate which playwrights the company had most often produced in its 44-year history, he wasn't surprised to find Shakespeare atop the list, nor that Sophocles beat out the other Greek tragedians.

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  • The Frogs tells the story of the god Dionysus, despairing of the state of Athens 'tragedians, and allegedly recovering from the disastrous Battle of Arginusae.

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  • He went on to win other events, including the contests of heralds, tragedians and guitarists that he had created by special edict.

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  • Corneille and Racine, who, like Shakespeare, were tragedians alone, substitute for character different motives—one man is jealous, another man hates, another loves.

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  • For classic tragedians, the death of a farmer in his bed is sad; the death of a king in his palace or of a general in battle is tragic.

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  • Carson is acutely conscious of the differences, in mood, worldview and style, among the three tragedians she translates.

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