20 terms

HE2 - List 2: Greek Literature Vocabulary

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fate
the ultimate agency predetermining the course of events
hubris
overbearing pride or presumption
reverence
a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
deus ex machina
an agent who appears unexpectedly to solve a difficulty
trilogy
a set of three literary or dramatic works related in subject
prologue
an introduction to a play
Note: can occur at the beginning of a literary work or an event.
tragedy
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
Aristotle's definition: ____________ occurs when the laws that govern the universe are broken.
spectacle
something or someone seen, especially a notable sight
oracle
a shrine where a prophet is consulted; a prophet who delivers a prophecy; the prophecy delivered
hamartia
the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
retaliate
make a counterattack and return like for like
plague
noun: any large-scale calamity
verb: to trouble, annoy, or torment in any manner
situate
determine or indicate the place or limits of
colloquial
characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation
embed
fix or set securely or deeply
orchestra
seating on the main floor in a theater

Greek theater: circular area between the theatron and the stage, where the chorus performed
Modern: main-floor seating, closest to the stage (musicians are seated in the pit, immediately in front of the stage, often lower than the audience)
proscenium
the part of a stage between the curtain and the orchestra
exodus
a departure
divine
emanating from God
secular
not concerned with or devoted to religion