The devices of Greek tragedies will not help us

The devices of Greek tragedies will not help us

By Christos P Panayiotides

In classical Greek tragedies, deus ex machina was a divinity appearing on the scene at the end of the play (descending from a wooden crane – the machina) to provide a solution to the deadlock that the play had been led into. Metaphorically, deus ex machina is the unexpected saviour.

Unfortunately, such saviours do not exist either in ancient Greece or today. And those who lay their hopes in them are doomed to fail and be disappointed.

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