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Nussbaum 1986 is an especially important philosophical study of tragedy; for Sophocles, Blundell 1989 looks at the central ethical problem of retaliation. Taplin 1977 began the revival of interest in staging that produced many specialized works. Goldhill 2007 is a prescriptive discussion of modern staging. ╇ 3╇ deeb deeb Or i g i n s , Fe s t iv a l , and C o m p e t i t io n A. ╇ Origins Almost everything about the origins of tragedy is disputed, because the evidence is scanty, and scholars disagree profoundly about how reliable most of it is.

Although it is only a guess, there is no reason to think that the inventor of the actor did not also decide to make this a dignified rather than a raucous performance, and so also decided that the chorus, though in costume, would be human. The traditions of �choral song that tragedy adapted were ritual, but the spoken sections were not. Greek literature associated particular literary forms with particular dialects. Epic poets, for example, used a special form of the language that nobody spoke.

Judges were nominated by the ten tribes into which the citizen body was divided. The names were vetted, and then lots with these names were sealed in jars, one for each tribe. The jars were opened only in the theater, just before the performances began. The most recent and plausible reconstruction of the voting procedures is this. After the performances, the judges cast ballots into an urn, voting only for the winner. The first five ballots were drawn and publicly read; if any of the productions had three or more votes, it won.

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