- In classical drama, the third and penultimate section, in which action is heightened for the catastrophe.
Etymology: Greek "settling, appointment".
- 1922, It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, protasis, epitasis, , catastrophe. " James Joyce, Ulysses
- 1965, "The object of the meta-theatre is precisely that " to allow the participants to see through their first roles in it. But that is only the ." " John Fowles, The Magus
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