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Myth, Ritual and Comedy

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  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521575751

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  • This book examines the plays of the Greek comic writer Aristophanes and attempts to reconstruct the responses of the original audiences by using anthropological techniques to compare the plays with those Greek myths and rituals that share similar story patterns or subject matter. It is the first book to apply this type of analysis systematically to all the comedies, and also differs from earlier studies in that it does not impose a single interpretative structure on the plays. All Greek is translated.

    • Will be in demand simply for being a book on Aristophanes, since there is practically nothing else available in English
    • Interesting critical approach
    • No quotations in Greek, so readable by students of classical civilization and other literature as well as by students of classics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Bowie's book is a refreshing examination of Aristophanes's use of myth and ritual." Martha Habash, Classical Journal

    "...the reader will find a wealth of information and detail about ancient rites and festivals, and there are not few places where one's reading of an Aristophanic comedy will be enlarged and enlightened by the material that Bowie adduces." Classical Views

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521575751
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Acharnians
    3. Knights
    4. Wasps
    5. Clouds
    6. Peace
    7. Birds
    8. Lysistrata
    9. Thesmophoriazusae
    10. Frogs
    11. Ecclesiazusae
    12. Plutus
    13. Conclusion.

  • Author

    A. M. Bowie

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