from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the ancient Greek drama, especially in tragedy, a part of a play following upon the first entrance (the parodos) of the chorus, or upon the entrance or reëntrance of actors after a stasimon or song of the whole chorus from its place in the orchestra; hence, one of the main divisions of the action in a drama; a division of a play answering approximately to an act in the modern drama.


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