- (in ancient Greek drama) a choral ode addressed to the audience, especially of comedy, and independent of the action of the play: usually following the agon and, in the earliest forms of comedy, serving often to end the play.
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They were also remarkable for the absence of the parabasis and chorus.
Parabasis, pa-rab′a-sis, n. the chief of the choral parts in ancient Greek comedy, usually an address from the poet to the public.
In the comedies, like the masques in other days, sarcastic remarks on the government came to be made; this was the Parabasis.History Of Ancient Civilization
- (in classical Greek comedy) an address from the chorus to the audience
C19: from Greek, from parabanein to step forward