By Colin Austin, S. Douglas Olson
Thesmophoriazusae used to be played in Athens in 411 BCE, probably on the urban Dionysia, and is without doubt one of the such a lot significant of Aristophanes' 11 surviving comedies. it's the tale of the the most important second in a quarrelbetween the tragic playwright Euripides and Athens' girls, who accuse him of slandering them in his performs and are preserving a gathering at one in every of their mystery fairs to set a penalty for his crimes. Thesmophoriazusae is a brilliantly creative comedy, filled with wild slapstick humour and devastating literary parody, and is a uncomplicated resource for questions of gender and sexuality in overdue 5th-century Athens and for the preferred reception of Euripidean tragedy. Austin and Olson supply a textual content in line with a clean exam of the papyri and manuscripts, and a close observation overlaying quite a lot of literary, old, and philological concerns. The creation contains sections at the date and old surroundings of the play; the Thesmophoria competition; Aristophanes' dealing with of Euripidean tragedy; staging; Thesmophoriazusae II; and the heritage of recent severe paintings at the textual content. All Greek within the creation and observation no longer pointed out for technical purposes is translated.
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But consideration of that question first requires a closer examination of the role played by the tragic poet and his plays in Aristophanes' comedy. B. , Euripides is presented as a fast-talking intellectual quack, whose bland self-assurance does little to disguise the fact that most of what he has to say is nonsense (5-21). The characterization becomes richer but no more sympathetic as the scene proceeds. ).
Aristophanes Thesmophoriazusae by Colin Austin, S. Douglas Olson