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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 competitors and provoke the viewers, all which will receive victory within the competitions. This publication 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 specifically, and of previous Comedy generally. learning 5 person performs from the Aristophanic corpus in addition to fragments of alternative comedian poets, it finds the aggressive poetics specified to every. It additionally strains thematic connections with different poetic traditions, in particular epic, lyric, and tragedy, and thereby seeks to put aggressive poetics inside of broader tendencies in Greek literature.

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