Aristophanes And His Theatre of the Absurd by Paul Cartledge

By Paul Cartledge

Aristophanes, the Athenian comedian dramatist, is still well known regardless of old alterations in angle and trust. putting the performs of their overall civic, non secular and dramatic context, this account explores their value for modern audiences, and their carrying on with attraction. Separate chapters tackle features of his paintings and global, and try to define the playwright's personal critiques at a time of excessive political debate. With unique texts quoted in translation this accomplished and full of life research will offer scholars with a useful perception into the performs and their position in classical Athens.

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B. Rogers' translation). In a sense the cynical rejoinder well, he would say that, wouldn't he? - is utterly appropriate, because it does seem to have been one of comedy's functions to reassert and reaffirm within a festive context the traditional norms of society that tragedy and other forms of persuasive speech more fundamentally put at risk. But in view of the 'publication' of Clouds Mark II, it seems hard to maintain that that was all there was to Aristophanes' defence of poetic didacticism: methinks he did protest both too much and too often.

In performance the apparent seriousness of these pleas might have been undercut by comic by-play, modulations of tone of voice, or other dramatic devices. In cold print (as it were) those The Wisdom of the Poet 31 deflating effects were unavailable, and it is hard to resist the idea that Aristophanes was doing with the Clouds what the oligarch Antiphon had pioneered with his written versions of forensic speeches, conducting politics by other, covert means. B. Rogers' translation). In a sense the cynical rejoinder well, he would say that, wouldn't he?

For a start the harmonious proportions and finely-dressed masonry of the theatre at Epidauros must be thought away. So too must the remains of the mainly Roman-period stone-built theatre that confront the modern visitor to the Theatre of Dionysos in Athens. The first stone theatre on the latter site was not constructed until half a century or so after the death of Aristophanes. His theatre was a much more makeshift and less grandiose affair. Correspondingly the wider geographical setting of the theatre was that much more important to him.

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