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Prologue
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(ὁ πρόλογος/ho prólogos, Lat. prologus, prologium).

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A. Concept

In his list of the individual elements (μέρη/mérē) of tragedy in the 'Poetics', Aristotle defines the prologue as a complete section of a tragedy preceding the chorus' párodos (Aristot. Poet. 13,1452b 22 f.) [9. 471 f.]. However, the term prólogos was already in use in the technical sense before Aristotle: in 'The Frogs', Aristophanes subtitles the prologue the 'first part of a tragedy' (Aristoph…

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Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg), “Prologue”, 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 26 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1010030>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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