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Oedipus Rex Terms

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allusion
a brief reference to a person, event, place or phrase
ode
long poem on a serious subject that is meant to be sung out loud
epic
long poem about heroes
parodos
chorus' entrance song, also a passage for the chorus to enter the orchestra
paraskenia
extensions on the sides of the skene
theatron
seating area built into a hillside in the shape of a horseshoe
imagery
describing sights and sounds in detail
prologue
introduction to the play
catharsis
purification of emotions (fear and pity)
skene
building behind the stage, used as a dressing room and background
chorus
they narrate, interpret, foreshadow, act, sing, dance or input the author's thoughts
machine
armlike device on the skene that could lower a "god" onto the stage from the heavens
unities
key elements of dramatic structure: time, place, and action
socractic irony
assumes ignorance and openness to opposing points of view
greek theater
open-air structure in which plays were performed
thymele
altar in the center of the orchestra for sacrifices to dionysus
dramatic irony
audience knows more than the characters
irony of fate
misfortune is the result of fate, chance or God
stasimon
scene when the chorus sings uninterrupted
dionysus
patron god of Greek drama, god of wine and vegetation
paradox
contradictory statement that may actually be true
hubris
pride that brings about the downfall of a character
situational irony
expectations are reversed
prologos
a prologue in dialog form

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