Definitions

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  • n. The part of an Ancient Greek comedy in which the actors leave the stage and the chorus addresses the audience directly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The chief of the choral parts in ancient Greek comedy.

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Examples

  • f (1) The 'parabasis' in the Old Comedy was a sort of address or topical harangue addressed directly by the poet, speaking by the Chorus, to the audience.

    The Acharnians

  • A literary work can do this, much as Schlegel's Lucinde had, by presenting within its scope a range of possible alternate plots or by mimicking the parabasis in which the comic playwright interposed himself within the drama itself or the role of the Italian buffo or clown (Lyceumfragment 42) who disrupts the spectator's narrative illusion.

    Friedrich Schlegel

  • Old comedy is not fit for men that are making merry, by reason of the excuses that appear in it; for that vehemency which they use in the parabasis is loud and indecent, and the liberty they take to scoff and abuse is very surfeiting, too open, and full of filthy words and lewd expressions.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Undoubtedly the comic poet who mounted the stage to praise himself in the parabasis would deserve to be handed over to the sticks or the beadles.

    Peace

  • But let us prepare for the recital of the parabasis.

    The Acharnians

  • [512] The opening portion of the parabasis belongs to a second edition of the 'Clouds.'

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • [221] The _parabasis_ in the Old Comedy was a sort of address or topical harangue addressed directly by the poet, speaking by the Chorus, to the audience.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • [65] The tripping metre usually employed in the _parabasis_.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • [524] This part of the parabasis belongs to the first edition of the

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • These four verses are here repeated from the parabasis of

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

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  • Muffled in our undignified
    parabasis, a decorous
    gesture still survives in us...

    - Peter Reading, Stills, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008