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Definition: Greek dramatic form invented by Aeschylus and improved on by such famous playwrights as Sophocles and Euripides. The theme of a tragedy was the downfall of an important and heroic character, either through his own doings or through the doings of the gods or goddesses.

Related Resources:
Ancient Greece
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Terminology for Tragedy
You can understand Greek tragedy better by learning some of the terms used.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Greek Tragedy: Early History
See how it all began.

Ancient Greek Theater
Read about the ancient theater and meet some of the first playwrights.

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