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Tragedy and Comedy

Greek Origins, The Latin World, Medieval Contributions, The Renaissance, Problems Of Definition, Bibliography

Various ideas have been associated with the term tragedy and the term comedy over the centuries, including tragedy that is not tragic, in the sense of "sad" or "disastrous," and comedy that is not comic, in the modern prevalent meaning of "amusing." The modern English meaning of comedy as a synonym for humor is largely a twentieth-century development.

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