Charon's staircase

Char·​on's staircase | \ ˈka(a)rənz-, ˈkār-, -ˌränz- \

Definition of Charon's staircase

: a flight of steps from the middle of the stage to the orchestra of an early Greek theater

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History and Etymology for Charon's staircase

after Charon, ferryman of the dead in Hades, from Latin, from Greek Charōn; translation of Greek Charōnioi klimakes; from the steps' supposedly leading to the underworld

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“Charon's staircase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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