by Anne of Austria
"Tragedy is more important than love.
Out of all human events, it is tragedy alone that brings
people out of their own petty desires and into awareness
of other humans' suffering. Tragedy occurs in human lives
so that we will learn to reach out and comfort others"
Many of us
shy away from tragedy - afterall it's sad, depressing
and disturbing. But what is tragedy? In literary terms,
death, despair & unhappy endings are part of it, but
not everything that is sad is tragic.
In the society of 5th century BCE Athenians,
the tragedies of the great poets Aeschylus, Sophocles and
Euripides were designed to teach people how to know themselves,
and to avoid foolishness in their lives - something comedy
could never allow you to do.
gave us the tragic hero - the guy with so much to lose.
They also gave us that mixture of choice and fate which
are the root of true
literary tragedy. It's not enough for bad
to happen, the hero must have
some part in his own downfall, and realise that he made
Shakespearian tragedies are unrelentingly
popular - and they demonstrate another key to a good heart
wrenching tragedy. It's not enough for just one person,
the one who made the bad choice to suffer - the tragedy
has to touch others as well. In King Lear it is
Cordelia who is hanged, in Romeo and Juliet the
title characters make all the choices, but Tibalt and Mercutio
But tragedy is not always literary -
terrible things happen and we think of them as tragic.
Our featured novels this edition tell us the tales of two
and Marie Antoniette stories - a familiy and a queen who
died too young, and were swept up in a chain of events
that weren't entirely of their own making. Survivor! Pan
Historia ends every episode with a death.
Our featured reference books are filled with
the tragedy of war, the dangers of the sea and the fascination
the world has with royalty - particularly when there is
some kind of tragedy attached.
We hope you enjoy this tragic edition of
the Pan Historian!