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Deus ex machina


Playwright­s grew ever more ambitious with what they could achieve on-stage. In 431 BCE, a wooden crane (the ‘mechane’) was added so that the titular character of Euripides’ Medea could fly away in a magic chariot. He also later used the same device to have Belleropho­n make a grand entrance, flying in on winged horse Pegasus. Because of the considerab­le weight involved, the wooden mechane was likely attached to the skene.

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