exodos

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ancient Greek ἔξοδος (éksodos, a departure); compare exodus.

Noun[edit]

exodos (plural exodoi)

  1. (drama, Ancient Greek drama) A final scene or departure in a play, especially a tragedy.
    • 1994, Carlo Ferdinando Russo (author and translator), Aristophanes: An Author for the Stage, [1962, Aristofane autore di teatro], page 173,
      The exodos requires three actors, one for the Athenian (thirty iambic trimeters), one for his companion (five iambic trimeters) and one for the Spartan Singer (three iambic trimeters and around forty lyrical lines).
    • 2003, Francis Blessington, The Bacchae; Euripides: The Frogs; Aristophanes, page xix,
      Then scenes alternate with choral songs, till the final exodos ("going-out") of the actors and chorus.
    • 2006, Olga Freidenberg, Image and Concept, page 271,
      Every Greek drama ends with an exodos. It is obligatory that the stage be left empty. It is left by the actors and the chorus.
    • 2013, Cecelia Eaton Luschnig (editor), The Orestes Plays, page 140,
      Non-speaking Characters
      Hermione in prologue and exodos, Pylades in exodos, Electra in exodos, Helen in exodos
    • 2013, Sophia Papaioannou, Chapter One: The Innovator's Poetic Self-Representation, Sophia Papaioannou (editor), Terence and Interpretation, footnote, page 27,
      In this respect, the parodoi and the exodoi of Old Comedy may operate as typical literary sphragis-like pieces; see details in Hordern (2002) 228-9; Calame (2004a); on the exodoi of Aristophanes as signature pieces see Calame (2004b) 182-3.

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