Please help me understand the *exact *derivation of Deus Ex Machina.
"The Latin phrase “deus ex machina” has its origins in the conventions of Greek tragedy. It refers to situations in which a mechane (crane) was used to lower actors playing a god or gods onto the stage. "
I find this unlikely for several reasons.
First of all, a *Latin *phrase to describe *Greek *tragedy, oh really?
Second, dis ancient theatre really employ devices like cranes to lower actors onto the stage? My impression is that Roman/ Greek theatres were open air affairs, no proscenium arch or wings to hide actors.
My own understanding is that ex machina actually means outside the plot. There were no “machines” that lowered actors onto the stage.
Am I right? I’d hate to “correct” the wikipedia article if I’m wrong.