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 interact their opponents and galvanize the viewers, all with a purpose to receive victory within the competitions. This ebook makes use of that aggressive functionality context as an interpretive framework in which to appreciate the thematic pursuits shaping the plots and poetic caliber of Aristophanes' performs particularly, and of outdated Comedy normally. learning 5 person performs from the Aristophanic corpus in addition to fragments of different comedian poets, it unearths the aggressive poetics particular to every. It additionally strains thematic connections with different poetic traditions, in particular epic, lyric, and tragedy, and thereby seeks to put aggressive poetics inside broader tendencies in Greek literature.

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