Charon's staircase

noun
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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