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Aristophanes : Myth, Ritual and Comedy - A. M. Bowie


Myth, Ritual and Comedy

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2009
ISBN: 9780521440127
Number Of Pages: 348

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This book places the plays of Aristophanes in their contemporary context, asking what aspects of Greek, and especially Athenian, culture these comedies brought into play for their original audiences. It makes particular use of the structural analysis of Greek rituals and myths to demonstrate how their meanings and functions can be used to interpret the plays. This information is then used to suggest ways in which twentieth-century audiences may read the plays in terms of contemporary literary theories and concerns. This is the first book to apply the techniques of structural anthropology systematically to all the comedies. It does not impose a single interpretative structure on the plays but argues that each play operates with a range of different structures, and that groups of plays use similar structures in different ways. All Greek is translated.

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"Bowie's book is a refreshing examination of Aristophanes's use of myth and ritual." Martha Habash, Classical Journal "...the reader will find a wealth of information and detail about ancient rites and festivals, and there are not few places where one's reading of an Aristophanic comedy will be enlarged and enlightened by the material that Bowie adduces." Classical Views

Introductionp. 1
Acharniansp. 18
The 'Unjust' and 'Just' Citiesp. 18
Telephusp. 27
Another view of Dicaeopolisp. 32
The Anthesteriap. 35
Polis and demep. 39
Knightsp. 45
Rites of passagep. 45
Knights and ephebeiap. 52
Knights and the successionp. 58
Knights and Athensp. 66
Sausage-Seller and salvationp. 74
Waspsp. 78
Wasps and transitionp. 78
Philocleon's agonesp. 81
Philocleon redivivusp. 93
Implicationsp. 96
Cloudsp. 102
Strepsiades' ephebeiap. 102
Socrates goesp. 112
The Cloud-Chorusp. 124
Morality and humourp. 130
Peacep. 134
Dung-Beetlep. 134
Hermesp. 138
The return of Peacep. 142
Birdsp. 151
Birds and foundation-mythologyp. 152
Fantasy and Utopia?p. 166
Lysistratap. 178
Women in Athensp. 178
Preliminariesp. 181
The womenp. 184
The menp. 199
Reconciliationp. 201
Thesmophoriazusaep. 205
Thesmophoriazusae and Thesmophoriap. 205
Thesmophoria and Euripidean tragedyp. 217
Frogsp. 228
Frogs and Eleusis?p. 228
Orpheus, Dionysus and Eleusisp. 230
Frogs and Mysteriesp. 234
Frogs and politicsp. 238
Mysteries and poetic agonp. 344
Ecclesiazusaep. 254
Plutusp. 268
Economic and social circumstancesp. 268
Plutusp. 269
Charisp. 273
Plutus, Asclepius, Prometheus, Hermesp. 278
Wealth versus Povertyp. 284
Conclusionp. 292
Bibliographyp. 294
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780521440127
ISBN-10: 0521440122
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 30th November 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.68