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By A. M. Bowie

This e-book examines the performs of the Greek comedian author Aristophanes and makes an attempt to reconstruct the responses of the unique audiences by utilizing anthropological thoughts to match the performs with these Greek myths and rituals that proportion comparable tale styles or material. it's the first e-book to use this kind of research systematically to the entire comedies, and in addition differs from prior stories in that it doesn't impose a unmarried interpretative constitution at the performs. All Greek is translated.

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It does not matter for our purposes what the precise historical cause was: on this topic see de Ste Croix 1972: 225-89, 381-400. 'Archaeology knows no markets in the whole territory of Athens outside Athens itself, the port of the Peiraieus, and Sounion. That there were other places where regular exchange was carried on is not unlikely, but it is significant that they have remained unknown' (Osborne 1987: 108). 33 The world of pleasure's dominance over the world of war is confirmed when, at 979—87, the Chorus sing a song complementary to this scene, telling how they will in future refuse entry to their symposia to War, who used to turn them into drunken brawls, and towards the end, 'young' Lamachus goes off to a wounding in a wintry battle, while a triumphant Dicaeopolis prepares for a symposiastic feast.

49 45 46 47 49 Fr. 705a. Denied without discussion by Rau 1967: 139 n. 5, now accepted by Foley 1988: 39. Schol. //. ). Cf. Ep. Adesp. 3. if. (CA 76); Lycophr. 200-15 with scholia; Diet. Cret. 3. Starkie 1909: 229 notes that 'by a pathetic coincidence the real death-scene of Lamachus 48 resembled this; cp. Thuc. 101'. Cf. 269^, 566ff. and his name. It is worth noting that the Acharnians have Dionysus as ancestor through Oeneus, eponymous hero of their tribe Oeneis: cf. 30. 50 The scene is thus also a repetition of the Telephus, where the hero asks a cure of Achilles, who had earlier reacted to him with the same anger that Lamachus expressed to Dicaeopolis in disguise.

378A; Plut. Phoc. ; Burkert 1983a: 256-64. The scene with the Boeotian is less morally problematic than that with the Megarian, though the stopping of the sycophant's mouth (926) and his manhandling are uncomfortably reminiscent of the similar treatment of Amphitheus. 34 Acharnians (47—51). Both of these agricultural figures make a reasonable request of the powers that be, and both are refused: where Dicaeopolis was earlier the victim of arbitrary justice, he is now handing it out. Here we can see the other side of the absence of legal activity which we noted above as an apparent benefit of Dicaeopolis' new world: it leaves those with a grievance against Dicaeopolis no method of redress.

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