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Aristophanes : An Author for the Stage - Carlo Ferdinando Russo


An Author for the Stage

Paperback Published: 6th March 1997
ISBN: 9780415154048
Number Of Pages: 296

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Carlo Ferdinando Russo's acclaimed work on Aristophanes examines his comedies as plays intended for the stage - not the page. The author considers the invention of printing as a cause of root changes in the nature of drama: The modern reader is inclined to see Aristophanes as an author of texts for reading, rather than of fluid libretti for performance. In Aristophanes, an Author for the Stage , Russo's in-depth philological analysis of the plays is founded on an ever present perception of the realities of Greek theatre. For example, he shows how deviations in the text can often be explained with reference to the actual competitions they were written for. First published in Italy in 1962, Professor Russo's book has long been the classic work on Aristophanes. Now finally available in English and much updated, it is essential reading for any student of Greek comedy.

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"A lively and thoughtful book; no comparable study of Aristophanes' dramatic technique is available in English." -Kenneth Dover, "The Classical Review

Prefacep. xi
The Theatrical Seasons and the Dawn of Comedyp. 1
Chronology of an Apprenticeshipp. 13
Acharniansp. 33
Knightsp. 78
Cloudsp. 90
Waspsp. 121
Peacep. 133
Birdsp. 147
Lysistratap. 165
Thesmophoriazusaep. 186
Frogsp. 198
Assemblywomenp. 219
Plutusp. 227
Elements of a Theatrical Careerp. 234
The Disorderly Wasps and an 18×2 Tetrameter Modulep. 243
Notesp. 250
Bibliographyp. 271
An Index of Dominant Themesp. 275
Index of Modern Authorsp. 277
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ISBN: 9780415154048
ISBN-10: 0415154049
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 6th March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.67  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1