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Aristophanes and the Poetics of Competition

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Description for Aristophanes and the Poetics of Competition Hardcover. This book demonstrates how the competitive context in which Athenian comic drama was performed shaped the poetry and plots of Aristophanes' plays. Num Pages: 302 pages. BIC Classification: 2AHA; DSBB. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 235 x 160 x 20. Weight in Grams: 620.
Athenian comic drama was written for performance at festivals honouring the god Dionysos. Through dramatic action and open discourse, poets sought to engage their rivals and impress the audience, all in an effort to obtain victory in the competitions. This book uses that competitive performance context as an interpretive framework within which to understand the thematic interests shaping the plots and poetic quality of Aristophanes' plays in particular, and of Old Comedy in general. Studying five individual plays from the Aristophanic corpus as well as fragments of other comic poets, it reveals the competitive poetics distinctive to each. It also ... Read more

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About Zachary P. Biles
Zachary P. Biles is Assistant Professor of Classics at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, USA. Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University, Washington DC (2004–5), and Professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome (2003–4), he was awarded the Basil Gildersleeve Prize from the American Journal of Philology and Johns Hopkins University Press in 2003.

Reviews for Aristophanes and the Poetics of Competition
'… this book is a thoroughly researched, imaginative and engaging piece of scholarship which deserves a prominent place in Aristophanic studies.' Emmanuela Bakola, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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