Jeffrey Henderson's Aristophanes: Essays in Interpretation (Yale Classical PDF
By Jeffrey Henderson
Aristophanes, one of many maximum and most vital poets of the golden age of classical Greek literature, has remained, within the English-speaking international no less than, the most forbidding, simply because least good understood. this can be a choice of severe and interpretative essays in English committed fullyyt to this poet.
Addressed to experts and non-specialists alike, its goal is to deliver glossy literary and philological easy methods to undergo on a few facets of Aristophanic poetry most vital for our figuring out not just of Greek literature yet of Greek background and tradition besides. The essays offer clean insights into 3 of Aristophanes' richest and such a lot not easy performs (Acharnians, Clouds and Lysistrate), a second look of the poet's popularity as a lyricist, and a attention of his notoriety as an opponent of the good battle with Sparta. it truly is was hoping that those essays will stimulate in all scholars of classical antiquity renewed curiosity during this magnificent and provocative poet.
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M. (1972). The Origins of the Peloponnesian War. London. Taillardat, Jean (1962). Paris. Vaio, John (1973). 'The Manipulation of Theme and Action in Aristophanes' Lysistrata\ GRBS 14, 369-80. Appendix Several notes on individual lines and passages in Ach. have appeared since the time of the survey provided by K. J. Dover, 'Aristophanes 1938-1955', Lustrum (1957), vol. 2, 52-112. These notes are summarized in this appendix. 13-14 Manfred Landfester, 'Aristoph. Ach. ', RM NF 113 (1970) 93-4: in 13, uoaxcp is not a proper name, em here should be understood on the analogy of Aeyeiv kiri TIVI.
95 Page 117-19: for (3Ae7T6is read (3Aemov, and set the phrase off with commas. 100 K. J. Dover 7-8: read 'locpTct vocucc Sccp^aa or 2ap£aia or iap^aaa m/craa aorrpa, meaning 'Iarta by name, son of Xerxes, satrap'. 111 Dover 8-9: TOUTOV! must be Dicaeopolis' stick. 158 Dover 12-13: this line refers to circumcision, even though the Thracians did not practice circumcision. It was something the Greeks found comical, and 'in the case of the Odomantians Aristophanes used an established humorous device to emphasize their barbarous character'.
The opening monologue as a whole is in the form of a priamel. All the pleasures and pains of the first sixteen lines are simply foils to one greatest pain, which is the failure of the Assembly to concern itself with peace (17-27). The extraordinary formality of this composition, taken with the varied stylistic traits already mentioned, does nothing to characterize Dicaeopolis as a unique individual whose desire for peace has some individualistic basis. On the contrary, Aristophanes presents the character of Dicaeopolis in such a way that it already embodies the principal antithesis of pleasure and pain, from which peace will emerge.
Aristophanes: Essays in Interpretation (Yale Classical Studies, Volume 26) by Jeffrey Henderson