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Headword: Τραγικὴ σκηνή
Adler number: tau,891
Translated headword: tragic stage
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning a] scaffold raised from the ground, on which individuals styled as gods[1] used to stand and speak.
The tragedian's craft is also called [his] 'stage'.[2]
Greek Original:
Τραγικὴ σκηνή: πῆγμα μετέωρον, ἐφ' οὗ ἐν θεῶν σκηνῇ τινες παριόντες ἔλεγον. λέγεται δὲ καὶ ἡ τραγικὴ τέχνη σκηνή.
Notes:
cf. generally sigma 569. The present headword phrase, in the nominative case, appears, similarly glossed, in Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon and other lexica; references at Photius tau407 Theodoridis. If (as seems reasonable to suppose) it is -- or stems from -- a quotation, a possible source is Xenophon, Cyropaedia 6.1.54 (genitive case). (Theodoridis cites Ruhnken's suggested link with Plato, Clitophon 407A, but the phrase used there is μηχανῆς τραγικῆς .)
[1] Editors here routinely adopt Porson's emendation (in Photius) of the transmitted σηκνῃ̂ to σκευῇ .
[2] See generally LSJ s.v. σκηνή II.4.
Keywords: definition; historiography; imagery; philosophy; religion; stagecraft; tragedy
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 18 August 2007@11:04:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 19 August 2007@07:51:25.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 2 May 2011@03:44:26.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 15 January 2014@04:06:18.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 23 December 2014@22:50:04.

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