Aristophanes' Frogs

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Oxford University Press, May 23, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 291 pages
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"Mark Griffith's study of the Frogs is the first single book to offer a reliable and sophisticated account of this play in light of modern notions of culture, performance, democracy, religion, and aesthetics. After placing the work in its original historical, cultural, and biographical context, Griffith goes on to underscore the originality of Frogs in relation to parallel developments in the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides, among others. He highlights the play's unique portrayal of the figure of Dionysus, the Eleusinian mystery cult, and the question of life after death. This title provides not only a detailed analysis of the play and a concise account of its reception, but also a succinct introduction to ancient Greek comedy, exploring the extraordinary range of theatrical conventions, moral and aesthetic assumptions, and religious beliefs that underlie the action of Aristophanes' play."--Publisher's website.
  

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Contents

1 Comedy at Athens
3
2 Aristophanes and His Athenian Audience
22
3 What Happens in Frogs? The Plot
55
Judging the Arts in Classical Greece
80
Aeschylus Euripides and the Rest
115
Dionysus and Greek Fantasies of Salvation
150
7 Dionysus Verdict and the EndingMessage of the Play
200
8 Reading and Performing Frogs After AristophanesReception
220
Glossary of Personal and Geographical Names
259
Bibliography
279
General Index
285
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