tetralogy

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tetralogy

1. a series of four related works, as in drama or opera
2. (in ancient Greece) a group of four dramas, the first three tragic and the last satiric
3. Pathol a group of four symptoms present in one disorder, esp Fallot's tetralogy
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Concerning the composition date of the Tetralogies: although there are those who point out a number of legal and political references in the Tetralogies consistent with a fourth century composition date (Sealy, 1984, p.77)--a position that obviously entails that Antiphon was not the author--most scholars accept that the Tetralogies were composed sometime in the fifth century.
As to why the Tetralogies were written, I will contend that, inspired by the philosophical paradoxes of Heraclitus, Zeno and Gorgias, the Tetralogies were designed to challenge what was obvious and accepted about legal argument.
As such, King John may well constitute a reaction to the masculinist control of Richard III and so might be dated between the two tetralogies. I can only hope that this analysis of King John may increase interest in staging this play.
The problem, of course, is what one means by history, and the Foakes and Miola chapters are both at pains to demonstrate that the plays they discuss show many of the same features as those of the tetralogies and King John.