Ancient archetype. Also: Herald. In the dramas of classical antiquity, some of the main action is reported rather than shown. Partially, this is due to the inability to show certain scenes on stage, either because they were too complex (battles) or too gory (Jocasta hanging herself, Oedipus then gouging out his eyes). Thus the messenger was a major contributor to the action. Famous Messenger: Hermes. See Archetypes.