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By James Robson

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

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