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Thespis, Thespian

Dramatic. Thespis was the father of Greek tragedy.

The race of learned men, ... oft they snatch the pen, As if inspired, and in a Thespian rage; Then write.

Thomson: Castle of Indolence, c. i. 52.

Thespis, the first professor of our art, At country wakes sang ballads from a cart.

Dryden: Prologue to Sophonisba.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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