Entertainment / Literature / Eiron: In Greek comedy, the eiron was a stock male character known for his ironic understatement. This character deliberately pretended to be less clever than he actually was, yet his superior verbal skills and cunning allowed him to win out over braggarts and bullies. In many ways, the techniques of the eiron mirror those of Socratic irony used in philosophical debate.


Entertainment / Literature / Alazon: A stock character in Greek drama, the alazon is a stupid braggart who is easily tricked by the clever eiron who tells the alazon what he wants to hear. MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Hagiography: (Greek, 'sacred writing', also called hagiology) The writing or general study of the lives of Christian saints, either in liturgy or in literature. A single story dealing with the life of a saint is c MORE

Stock Character

Entertainment / Literature / Stock Character: A character type that appears repeatedly in a particular literary genre, one which has certain conventional attributes or attitudes. In the Old Comedy of Greek drama, common stock characters included MORE