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Messenger scenes
(478 words)

[German version]

Longer rhesis in drama, in which other characters or the chorus are informed, either behind or off scene, of events that have taken place before or during the dramatic action and that could not represented on stage either because of the means or the conventions of Attic drama. These reports, furnished with all available rhetorical means, are usually presented by a main or a supporting figure (Eur. Heraclid. 389ff; Soph. El. 680ff.), but often by a nameless messenger specifically introduced for this purpose (ἄγγελοι/ángeloi or ἔξαγγελοι/éxangeloi, if the message co…

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Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg), “Messenger scenes”, 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_e219600>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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