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I. Greco-Roman Antiquity – II. Drama and Religion – III. Drama and the Christian Tradition

I. Greco-Roman Antiquity

1. Concept

The noun δρᾶμα/dráma, derived from the verb δρᾶν (drán, “do, act”), seldom means “action, deed” in the general sense. Especially in the tragedies of Aeschylus, the verb and noun form the antithesis of παϑεῖν (patheín, “suffer”) and πάϑος (páthos, “suffering”), for example in Aesch. Ag. 533. Predominant is the special meaning “dr…

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Zimmermann, Bernhard, Sundermeier, Theo and Siebald, Manfred, “Drama”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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