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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Tragedy.
 
The goat-song (Greek, tragos-od). The song that wins the goat as a prize. This is the explanation given by Horace (De Arte Poetica, 220). (See COMEDY.)   1
   Tragedy. The first English tragedy of any merit was Gorboduc, written by Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville. (See Ralph Roister Doister.)   2
   The Father of Tragedy. Æschylos the Athenian. (B.C. 525–426.) Thespis, the Richardson of Athens, who went about in a waggon with his strolling players, was the first to introduce dialogue in the choral odes, and is therefore not unfrequently called the “Father of Tragedy or the Drama.”   3
       
“Thespis was first who all besmeared with lee,
Began this pleasure for posterity.”
       
Dryden: Art of Poetry (Tragedy), c. iii.
   Father of French Tragedy. Garnier (1534–1590).   4
 


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