Aristophanes and the Poetics of Competition by Zachary P. Biles

By Zachary P. Biles

Athenian comedian drama was once written for functionality at fairs honouring the god Dionysos. via dramatic motion and open discourse, poets sought to have interaction their competitors and galvanize the viewers, all to be able to receive victory within the competitions. This ebook makes use of that aggressive functionality context as an interpretive framework during which to appreciate the thematic pursuits shaping the plots and poetic caliber of Aristophanes' performs particularly, and of previous Comedy as a rule. learning 5 person performs from the Aristophanic corpus in addition to fragments of different comedian poets, it finds the aggressive poetics specific to every. It additionally lines thematic connections with different poetic traditions, particularly epic, lyric, and tragedy, and thereby seeks to put aggressive poetics inside broader traits in Greek literature.

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