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By Zachary P. Biles

Athenian comedian drama was once written for functionality at gala's honouring the god Dionysos. via dramatic motion and open discourse, poets sought to have interaction their competitors and provoke the viewers, all with the intention 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 usually. learning 5 person performs from the Aristophanic corpus in addition to fragments of different comedian poets, it finds the aggressive poetics particular to every. It additionally strains thematic connections with different poetic traditions, specially epic, lyric, and tragedy, and thereby seeks to put aggressive poetics inside of broader developments in Greek literature.

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