It could well be, which would be a catastrophe for me because it now
means something like a H-bomb falling on you, and I wouldn't be able
to use it. But catastrophe is a question of plot and I still hope to
designate rather the poetical form, the final choral ode which ends
the drama and normally has those properties I mentioned of
reconciliation with normality. The two short odes at the ends of the
two Oedipus plays are good examples. There's now a team of Greeks
working on this in Cheltenham.
On 7 Jan 2013, at 02:30, Alison Croggon wrote:
I suspect the term you're looking for is catastrophe, which I saw
first in reference to ancient Greek music but also applies to plays:
"The concluding action of a drama, especially a classical tragedy,
following the climax and containing a resolution of the plot."