Aristophanes' Comedy of Names: A Study of Speaking Names in Aristophanes

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Walter de Gruyter, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
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Aristophanes, the celebrated Greek comic poet, is famous for his plays on contemporary themes, in which he exercises fierce political satire. Ancient political comedy made ample use of comically significant proper names much as is the case in modern satire. Comic names used by Aristophanes for his satirical targets (public figures, everyday Athenians) provide the main subject of this book, which addresses questions such as why particular names are chosen (or invented), and how they relate to the plays characters and themes."
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Acharnians
24
2 Knights
49
3 Clouds
67
4 Wasps
80
5 Peace
98
6 Birds
105
7 Lysistrata
129
8 Thesmophoriazusae
146
9 Frogs
159
10 Ecclesiazusae
171
11 Wealth
183
Backmatter
189
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Nikoletta Kanavou, Open University of Cyprus.

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