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  • Thespis Sixth century B.C. Greek poet who reputedly originated Greek tragedy.

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  • n. Greek poet who is said to have originated Greek tragedy (sixth century BC)

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Examples

  • Of late he had set up for theatrical censor and satirist, and, in a paper called Thespis, in emulation of Churchill's Rosciad, had harassed many of the poor actors without mercy, and often without wit; but had lavished his incense on Garrick, who, in consequence, took him into favor.

    Oliver Goldsmith

  • Of late he had set up for theatrical censor and satirist, and, in a paper called Thespis, in emulation of Churchill's Rosciad, had harassed many of the poor actors without mercy, and often without wit; but had lavished his incense on

    Oliver Goldsmith A Biography

  • 'Thespis' (1871) first brought him into partnership with Mr. Gilbert, a partnership which was further cemented by 'Trial by Jury'

    The Opera A Sketch of the Development of Opera. With full Descriptions of all Works in the Modern Repertory.

  • Of late he had set up for theatrical censor and satirist, and, in a paper called Thespis, in emulation of Churchill’s Rosciad, had harassed many of the poor actors without mercy, and often without wit; but had lavished his incense on Garrick, who, in consequence, took him into favor.

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

  • The Ancient Greek performer Thespis failed to make the cut despite his somewhat groundbreaking work, as did the considerably more alive Simon Russell Beale.

    Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Mark Rylance? Who is the greatest stage actor ever?

  • He told Ashley that in In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were Men and Women there were two names he would like to change: Pissarro and Thespis-apparently because he was bothered by the first syllable of one and the second syllable of the other.

    In Sara Mencken, Christ and Beethoveen there were men and women (1944) : Kenneth Goldsmith : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Ever since Thespis first stepped out of the chorus and said "These guys are lying - let me tell you what really happened!" theater has been there to tell the unofficial version, the popular analysis of the Zeitgeist, from traveling troupes to brick and mortar theaters the reason we struggle for funding is the same reason there was a bounty on our heads all those years ago.

    Michael Gene Sullivan: My Speech to the Membership: 700 Billion What?

  • Greece stood in need of the chariot of Thespis, France stands in need of the hackney-coach of Vade.

    Les Miserables

  • They would err greatly, who should regulate their ideas of this dramatic exhibition upon those derived from a modern theatre; for the rude shows of Thespis were far less different from those exhibited by Euripides on the stage of Athens, with all its magnificent decorations and pomp of dresses and of scenery.

    The Abbot

  • In this it was — to the shame of the human mind be it spoken — that tragedy had its beginning: Thespis was a buffoon before Sophocles was a great man.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

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