Carlo Ferdinando Russo's classic work on Aristophanes examines his comedies as plays intended for the stage. The author considers the invention of printing as a cause of major changes in the nature of drama. The modern reader of Aristophanes is inclined to see him as an author of texts rather than of a fluid "libretti" which were intended to be performed, not simply read. Russo finds that deviations in the text can often be explained by their relevance to the specific theatrical competitions they were written for. In "Aristophanes, " the in-depth philological analysis of the plays is founded on an ever-present perception of the realities of Greek theatre. This work is unparalleled in the study of Aristophanes; its appearance in an English translation is long overdue.
"Russo's book is both scholarly and lively, philological and theatrical. It is justly established as a milestone in Aristophanic studies."
"A lively and thoughtful book; no comparable study of Aristophanes' dramatic technique is available in English."
-Kenneth Dover, "The Classical Review, 1962 Italian Edition
"By vigorously examining the eleven extant plays Russo is able to re-evoke convincingly their material execution, to discover their theatrical properties and stage diction and thereby to expose the stage craft of Aristophanes and the theatrical world in which he operated."
-"Religious Studies Review
|The Theatrical Seasons and the Dawn of Comedy||p. 1|
|Chronology of an Apprenticeship||p. 13|
|Elements of a Theatrical Career||p. 234|
|The Disorderly Wasps and an 18×2 Tetrameter Module||p. 243|
|An Index of Dominant Themes||p. 275|
|Index of Modern Authors||p. 277|
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Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 25th August 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1