Download e-book for iPad: Aristophanes: An Introduction by James Robson

By James Robson

ISBN-10: 0715634526

ISBN-13: 9780715634523

This obtainable creation to the paintings of 1 of the world's maximum comedian writers tackles key questions posed via Aristophanes' performs, equivalent to staging, humour, songs, obscene language, politics and the fashionable translation and function of Aristophanic comedy. The ebook opens up interesting and contentious components of Aristophanic scholarship in a manner that's attractive and with no trouble understandable to a non-specialist viewers, by no means wasting sight of the truth that Aristophanes' performs are shiny literary texts, designed basically to attract a classical Athenian viewers as items of residing drama. Key to the book's charm is that James Robson conceives of the performs as dynamic texts, containing a treasure trove of knowledge not just approximately how they may were played and bought in classical Athens, but in addition how they may be learn and understood at the present time. most significantly, readers are given the instruments and knowledge to make their very own minds up in regards to the debates that also rage approximately Aristophanic comedy within the glossy world.

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