Greek tragedy

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Oedipus and the Sphinx.

A Greek tragedy is a form of story popularized in ancient Greece where the main character falls from a position of power or prominence based upon a mistake that he made, often due to a character flaw. The sudden twist of fate is unexpected by the main character until it is too late. Many examples survive in Greek plays from that period. One such example would be the story of Oedipus.

The user of Greek tragedy is not limited to ancient Greece, indeed, many of the works of Shakespeare from Elizabethan England involve a form of Greek tragedy.

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External links

  • Smith G (translator). Specimens of Greek Tragedy; Forgotten Books, (n.d.) [1]