The Curious Origin of the Word ‘Tragedy’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

The origin of the word ‘tragedy’ involves wine, singing, and goats. More predictably, it involves the origins of theatre itself, back in ancient Greece. But in order to understand the etymology (or, at least, the commonly accepted etymology) of the word ‘tragedy’, we need to go back over two thousand years and take a closer look at those singing goats. Continue reading “The Curious Origin of the Word ‘Tragedy’”