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Mechane
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The Greeks called any mechanical device μηχανή but in the narrow sense it referred to the Greek theatre machinery: a crane installed behind the stage as a flying apparatus that can be swung into the scene to take the characters in a drama to a remote location or cause gods to appear up high. The mechane is referred to in drama texts and later sources under many names: κρεμάθρα (kremáthra, ‘suspension device’, Aristoph. Nub. 218), γέρανος (géranos, ‘crane’ [in both senses], Poll. 4,130), αἰώρημα (aiṓrēma, ‘swing’, schol. Aristoph. Pax 80), κράδη (krádē, ‘fig branch’, Ari…

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Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster), “Mechane”, 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 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e727840>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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