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satyr play

noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples of satyr play

  • If only they would perform your father's Satyr-play, or his Theseus!

    The Emperor, Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for satyr play

satyr play

noun
  1. (in ancient Greek drama) a ribald play with a chorus of satyrs, presented at the Dionysian festival
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