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Brill’s significant other to the Reception of Aristophanes offers a major account of the reception of Aristophanes (c. 446-386 BC) from Antiquity to the current. Aristophanes used to be the popular grasp of previous Attic Comedy, a dramatic style outlined by means of its topical satire, excessive poetry, frank speech, and obscenity. for the reason that their preliminary creation in classical Athens, his comedies have interested, encouraged, and repelled critics, readers, translators, and performers. The e-book comprises seventeen chapters that discover the ways that the performs of Aristophanes were understood, appropriated, tailored, translated, taught, and staged. cautious consciousness has been given to serious moments of reception throughout temporal, linguistic, cultural, and nationwide barriers.

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Others may use intertextuality or performance criticism as tools to articulate what is primarily a feminist thesis. Thus, the theoretical rubrics I use to organize the material below also create distortions which I try to correct only on the fly. Finally, I cannot make any claims for comprehensiveness. , political allegory, roman à clef ). 4 There is no official date for the beginnings of theory in classics, but the foundation of Arethusa in 1967 gives a convenient starting point. , Kresic (1981) and Foley (1981).

186)36 Here’s Aristophanes in books, a divine production, over which Acharnae’s luxuriant ivy shook its long green locks. 34 See the remarks of Plutarch in the early second century on how “each reader needs his own scholar to explain things one by one” (οὕτω δεήσει γραμματικὸν ἑκάστῳ τὸ καθ᾿ ἕκαστον ἐξηγεῖσθαι, Symposiaca 712a). More learned readers may have enjoyed showing off their more recherché knowledge: Bowie points out that three orators of the Second Sophistic (Dio of Prusa, Aelius Aristides, and Maximus of Tyre) quoted Old Comedy more than Menander, and Eupolis and Cratinus just as much as Aristophanes (Bowie (2007) 33–4).

30 Konstan (1995) 5. 31 The ideological vison of Aristophanes’ world is not limited to questions of economic status and political affinity. 35 A third influential sociological model that has been influential in the scholarship of Aristophanes is derived from the work of Pierre Bourdieu, known for his analyses of the relationship between taste and social status (or aspirational social status): 31 Konstan (1995) 6. In this sense, then, the presumptive difference in quality between comic poets corresponds to the ability of each to channel the social contradictions of Athenian society into amusing analogues.

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