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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 opponents and provoke the viewers, all as a way to receive victory within the competitions. This booklet 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to appreciate the thematic pursuits shaping the plots and poetic caliber of Aristophanes' performs specifically, and of outdated Comedy quite often. learning 5 person performs from the Aristophanic corpus in addition to fragments of different comedian poets, it unearths the aggressive poetics distinct to every. It additionally lines thematic connections with different poetic traditions, specifically epic, lyric, and tragedy, and thereby seeks to put aggressive poetics inside broader traits in Greek literature.

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