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Tragedy, Greek

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Author(s): Zimmermann, Bernhard
A. Ancient contexts and principles From the very establishment (probably 535–531 BC) of Greek T. as a constituent element in the City Dionysia (the festival founded by Peisistratus in honour of the god Dionysus and central to life in democratic 5th-cent. Athens), T. as a literary genre was to the utmost degree determined by processes of reception and intertextual references. The reasons for this are to be found on various levels. As a choral genre [45], it developed out of choral lyrical forms (accor…