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The Resource Aristophanes and Alcibiades : echoes of contemporary history in Athenian comedy, Michael Vickers

Aristophanes and Alcibiades : echoes of contemporary history in Athenian comedy, Michael Vickers

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Aristophanes and Alcibiades : echoes of contemporary history in Athenian comedy
Title
Aristophanes and Alcibiades
Title remainder
echoes of contemporary history in Athenian comedy
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Michael Vickers
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Language
eng
Summary
The conventional view of Aristophanes bristles with problems. Important testimony for Alcibiades' paramount role in comedy is consistently disregarded, and the tradition that "masks were made to look like the komodoumenoi, so that before an actor spoke a word, the audience would recognize who was being attacked" is hardly ever invoked. If these testimonia are taken into account, a fascinating picture emerges, where the komodoumenoi are based on the Periclean household: older characters on Pericles himself, younger on Alcibiades. Aspasia, Pericles' mistress, and Hipparete, Alcibiades' wife, lie behind many female characters, and Alcibiades' ambiguous sexuality also allows him to be shown on the stage as a woman, notably as Lysistrata. There is a substantial overlap between the anecdotal tradition relating to the historical figures and the plotting of Aristophanes' plays. This extends to speech patterns, where Alcibiades' speech defect is lampooned. Aristophanes is consistently critical of Alcibiades' mercurial politics, and his works can also be seen to have served as an aide-mémoire for Thucydides and Xenophon. If the argument presented here is correct, then much current scholarship on Aristophanes can be set aside
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YDXCP
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Vickers, Michael J
Dewey number
882/.01
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3879
LC item number
.V47 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Alcibiades
  • Aristophanes
  • Aristophanes
  • Politics in literature
  • Greek drama (Comedy)
  • Alcibiades
  • Aristophanes
  • Greek drama (Comedy)
  • Literature
  • Politics in literature
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Aristophanes and Alcibiades : echoes of contemporary history in Athenian comedy, Michael Vickers
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-223) and indexes
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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mixed
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Alcibiades in Gaol: Thesmophoriazusae
  • Frogs: nothing to do with literature
  • Aspasia on stage: Ecclesiazusae
  • Political allegory in Aristophanes
  • Wordplay; Pericles, Alcibiades and Aspasia on stage
  • Pericles (and Alcibiades) on stage: the story so far
  • The tragic context: the case of Euripides' Ion
  • Happy families: Plutus I
  • Home economics: Plutus II
  • "The woman of old": Euripides' Helen and Andromeda
  • "Alcibiades is a woman's man": Lysistrata
Control code
928462715
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxi, 241 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783110427950
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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838154
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)928462715
Label
Aristophanes and Alcibiades : echoes of contemporary history in Athenian comedy, Michael Vickers
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-223) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Alcibiades in Gaol: Thesmophoriazusae
  • Frogs: nothing to do with literature
  • Aspasia on stage: Ecclesiazusae
  • Political allegory in Aristophanes
  • Wordplay; Pericles, Alcibiades and Aspasia on stage
  • Pericles (and Alcibiades) on stage: the story so far
  • The tragic context: the case of Euripides' Ion
  • Happy families: Plutus I
  • Home economics: Plutus II
  • "The woman of old": Euripides' Helen and Andromeda
  • "Alcibiades is a woman's man": Lysistrata
Control code
928462715
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxi, 241 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783110427950
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
838154
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)928462715

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