- a burlesque or ribald drama having a chorus of satyrs, usually written by a poet to follow the poet's trilogy of tragedies presented at the Dionysian festival in ancient Greece.
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Examples from the Web for satyr play
If only they would perform your father's Satyr-play, or his Theseus!The Emperor, Complete
Seventeen tragedies and one satyr-play have been preserved to us.
To these was added, as a rule, a fourth play, known as a satyr-play.
The satyr-play was intended to lighten the gloom of the three preceding tragedies.
The latter (The Cyclops) is interesting as being the only example of a satyr-play which we possess.
- (in ancient Greek drama) a ribald play with a chorus of satyrs, presented at the Dionysian festival
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