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Methods > Deus ex machina
PREFERRED TERM
1799Deus ex machina  
BROADER CONCEPT
SCOPE NOTE
  • Theatrical convention mainly of the ancient Greek tragedy, whereby a divine figure intervenes suddenly and provides solution to an apparently insoluble plot situation. The deus ex machina foretells the offstage future of the characters, their relatives, or descendants, establishes a custom, an institution or a cult, interprets a place name etc. Its appearance may be announced or realised suddenly with the aid of a stage mechanism. It is a typical feature of Euripidean tragedy.
SOURCE
  • Dunn 1996
  • Schmidt 1963
  • Spira 1960
CONTRIBUTOR
  • Katsiadakis Helen (AA)
CREATOR
  • Goulis Helen (AA)
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https://humanitiesthesaurus.academyofathens.gr/dyas-resource/Concept/1799
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