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Tragic, The
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Derived from the Greek adjective τραγικός/tragikós, tragic originally suggested nothing more than association with the art of tragedy. According to Aristotle (Poet. 13, 1453 a 30), Euripides was the “most tragic” playwright, since his plays reflect most closely the purpose of tragedy: to evoke pity and fear and lead to purification (Catharsis) of or from these emotions. In the modern period, several different conceptions of the tragic can be identified. At the center of the moralistic and theological …

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Zimmermann, Bernhard, “Tragic, The”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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