Aristophanes and the Poetics of Competition by Zachary P. Biles

Aristophanes and the Poetics of Competition by Zachary P. Biles

By Zachary P. Biles

Athenian comedian drama used to be written for functionality at fairs honouring the god Dionysos. via dramatic motion and open discourse, poets sought to have interaction their opponents and provoke the viewers, all that allows you to receive victory within the competitions. This ebook makes use of that aggressive functionality context as an interpretive framework during which to appreciate the thematic pursuits shaping the plots and poetic caliber of Aristophanes' performs particularly, and of outdated Comedy generally. learning 5 person performs from the Aristophanic corpus in addition to fragments of different comedian poets, it finds the aggressive poetics unique to every. It additionally strains thematic connections with different poetic traditions, particularly epic, lyric, and tragedy, and thereby seeks to put aggressive poetics inside broader tendencies in Greek literature

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74 In response to the abuse he received in Aristophanes’ parabasis of 424 (Eq. 526–36), the veteran poet returned to the Theater in 423 with Pytine. 75 In doing so, moreover, Cratinus pointedly usurped the very themes and ideas Aristophanes used to malign him€– intoxication, (lack of) poetic inspiration, failed sexual relationships, personified genre€– and developed them toward his own redemption. 77 Although the degree of historicity in these biographies will always elude Cf. Bowie (1982) 29; Olson (1996) 144–5; Rosen (2007) 80–1.

3); see O’Sullivan (2006). Aristophanes’ charge of plagiarism against Eupolis (Nu. 553–6) received a response from Eupolis (fr. 89), and in these cases the charges went beyond naming the poets to include the plays involved, Knights and Marikas; cf. Storey (2003b) 278–97; Kyriakidi (2007) 154–71. Other fragments of interest (not all necessarily from parabases):€Cratin. fr. 360; 91 36 From Thamyris to Aristophanes used in these passages. At the same time that poets introduce their parabatic appearance in the contest, they make it clear that the performance of their own identity must be understood in relation to parabatic assertions by other poets, or even that it depends on them for its justification.

For differing judgments on what these passages can tell us about the significance of the term parabasis, see Händel (1963) 92–7; Sifakis (1971) 61–3; Gilula (1997). 88 I will attempt to revise or at least complicate this meaning toward the end of this chapter. For the moment, I concentrate on one aspect of the use of the verb that suggests a close connection between the action envisioned and the self-praise tied to the conditions of competitive performance and the identity of the poet there. 89 In three cases the poet himself is the subject of the verb (Ach.

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