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Tragedy, Diction of
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Tragedy was an elevated genre deeply rooted in Athens. Therefore the tragic language is essentially Attic-based, but at the same time distanced from “normal” Attic and rich in high-styled poetic features of the prestigious literary traditions, chiefly Homeric epic and choral lyrics. The high register of tragedy informs its every section, i.e. d…

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Sara Kaczko, “Tragedy, Diction of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000354>
First published online: 2013

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