Baldr’s dead

Frames from ‘Get My Own Groceries’ by John Bagnall, in Off The Road (Vesuvius Records, 1996)

The Attic tragedian Euripides died in 406 BC, and soon after, at the Theatre of Dionysus, Sophocles entered the theatre with his chorus, all dressed as mourners. At the sight of this, the audience spontaneously burst into tears. Public, communal expressions of emotion in the aftermath of the death of a culture hero are nothing new.