Aristophanes and the Poetics of Competition
Athenian comic drama was written for performance at festivals honouring the god Dionysos. Through dramatic action and open discourse, poets sought to engage their rivals and impress the audience, all in an effort to obtain victory in the competitions. This book uses that competitive performance context as an interpretive framework within which to understand the thematic interests shaping the plots and poetic quality of Aristophanes' plays in particular, and of Old Comedy in general. Studying five individual plays from the Aristophanic corpus as well as fragments of other comic poets, it reveals the competitive poetics distinctive to each. It also traces thematic connections with other poetic traditions, especially epic, lyric, and tragedy, and thereby seeks to place competitive poetics within broader trends in Greek literature.
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Chapter 1 From Thamyris to Aristophanes
Chapter 2 The competitive partnership of Aristophanes and Dikaiopolis in Acharnians
Chapter 3 Aristophanes poetic tropaion
Chapter 4 Intertextual biography in the rivalry of Cratinus and Aristophanes1
Chapter 5 Aristophanes Cloudspalinode
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