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Tragedy comes from a word meaning 'goat song'.

Did ‘tragedy’ originally mean ‘goat song’?

It is absolutely true that the word ‘tragedy’ has roots in a Greek word meaning ‘goat-song’. Many theories have been offered to explain it. One is that Greek tragedies were known as goat-songs because the prize in Athenian play competitions was a live goat. The contests were part of worship to Dionysus, involving chants and […]

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