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Tragedy (Ancient Greek: τραγῳδία, tragōidia, etymology uncertain. previous idea: "he-goat-song", but this theory has been refuted by Walter Burkert) is a form of art based on human suffering that offers its audience pleasure. While most cultures have developed forms that provoke this paradoxical response, tragedy refers to a specific tradition of drama that has played a unique and important role historically in the self-definition of Western civilization. That tradition has been multiple and discontinuous, ...

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