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Anagnorisis
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(also anagnorismos: ἡ ἀναγνώρισις, ὁ ἀναγνωρισμός; hē anagnṓrisis, ho anagnōrismós). According to Aristot. Poet. 11,1452a-b, anagnorisis is the technical term for the ‘Recognition’ in drama. Aristotle defined anagnorisis as a transition from unknowing into knowing, with the effect that friendship is changed into enmity and vice versa. To him, that anagnorisis is the most dramatic, which occurs simultaneously with  peripeteia .

Aristotle differentiated three varieties of anagnorisis with reference to the object: the recognition of persons, of ina…

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Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg), “Anagnorisis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e119670>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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