Latest Greek Tragedy “The Finest Ever” Say Literary Scholars


GREECE – After fresh failure to form a coalition government, literary scholars have hailed the current turmoil as the best Greek tragedy there has ever been.

As emergency talks fell apart for a third time, plunging the country deeper into crisis, experts of human suffering plots insist the crisis eclipses the works of any ancient Athenian tragedy writer.

The situation is already being labelled by locals as the biggest tragedy in the region since the fall of Alexander the Great in 323 BC Macedonia.

Tragic excellence

Tragedy enthusiast Theo Papadakis said the current political and economic situation unfolding in Greece forced him to rethink the depths of despair a Greek tragedy plot was capable of.

He declared the ineffectual talks between Greek leaders as “marvelous, simply marvelous” suggesting they have brought about a new and fresh outlook in the way the pain of tragedy unfolds to its audience.

“It works on so many levels,” he claimed, “except the level where they put aside differences and come together for the good of the country.”

Some have gone as far to suggest that the story, where the protagonist refuses financial aid to allow them to continue the state policies that brought them to difficulty in the first place displays a level of irony unmatched by Socrates himself who Mr Papadakis argued now looks “amateurish” in comparison.

“It shames me that myself and my colleagues held Socrates in such high regard when it is clear he was never capable of the mastery being performed by this government this very moment.”

‘Great tragedy, or greatest?’

In a show of support, most Athenians feel Karolos Papoulias’ inability to form a functional government to avoid political and fiscal chaos against the backdrop of simultaneous emergence of Neo Nazis and socialist radicals, impending Euro exit and resulting financial catastrophe is the kind of plot neither Euripidis, Sophocles or Aeschylus could hope to cobble together on their best day.

“We are seeing a greater sense of doom than Agamemnon ever had, even dire consequences than Antigone and more self-inflicted damage than Oedipus the King.”

However, critics have noted that talks between the country’s main political parties could stand to have more futile deaths and incestual behaviour to truly be considered among the greats of Greek tragedy.

However, with protests continuing in the lead up to a likely general election, Mr Papadakis is confident “there is plenty of time for all those boxes to be ticked.”

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