Theater: Greek Threnody

Men do not seek tragedy, but it lies in wait for them when they least expect it. They pursue fame, fortune and glory. They strive to found dynasties, subdue the earth, fathom the depths of the sea and the limits of space. In an instant of high-arching pride as men vault to these ambitious goals, fate fells them, and they return to the dust from which they came. The ancient Greek tragedies are cautionary tales of how men incur the wrath of the gods by trying to be gods.

These plays are timeless precisely because...

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