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Parodos
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(ἡ πάροδος/hē párodos, literally 'entrance, entry song of the chorus'). In his list of components common to all tragedies, Aristotle [6] defined parodos in his Poetics (12, 1452 b22f.) as the first chorus part, with an additional sense of 'entry song' or 'entry speech' (cf. Aristot. Eth. Nic. 1123 a23f.). However, structural analysis should not be limited to rigid, schematic definitions, but also consider the construction and development of dramatic action (σύστασις τῶν πραγμάτων, ibid.).

In Attic tragedy, the parodos may open the play (Aesch. Pers. and Supp…

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Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg), “Parodos”, 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 04 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e908540>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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