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- n. Alternative spelling of katabasis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A going down; descent: opposed to anabasis (which see).
- n. In the Gr. Ch., a chamber or vault situated under the altar, and used as a chapel to contain relics.
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An actual initiation was, of course, out of the question; on the other hand a _catabasis_, a descent into Hades, was part of the epic inheritance he derived from Homer, and this, like the funeral games in the fifth book, he might use with an earnestness of purpose wanting in Homer, to work in with the great theme of his poem, not merely as an artistic effort.
The Greeks called this a catabasis, a sort of going down amid things.
"Every trivial action must be thoroughly motivated, and the finish of the playlet, instead of occurring upon the 'catabasis,' or general windup of the action, must develop the most striking feature of the playlet, so that the curtain may come down on a surprise, or at least an event toward which the entire action has been progressing.