By A. M. Bowie
This publication examines the performs of the Greek comedian author Aristophanes and makes an attempt to reconstruct the responses of the unique audiences through the use of anthropological ideas to match the performs with these Greek myths and rituals that proportion comparable tale styles or subject material. it's the first ebook to use this sort of research systematically to the entire comedies, and likewise differs from past stories in that it doesn't impose a unmarried interpretative constitution at the performs. All Greek is translated.
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222; PickardCambridge 1988: 42-56. Ach. is our main evidence; cf. Plut. Mot. 527D. 36 Telephus 27 Dicaeopolis remarks how fine everything is, and tells his daughter to bear her basket 'attractively, as an attractive girl'; thieving by the bystanders is to be avoided. He tells his wife to watch from the roof as he himself sings the 'phallic song' in honour of Dionysus. The careful attention he pays to the proper organisation of the festival contrasts with the treatment of the 'Eleusinian' Amphitheus and the behaviour of the Acharnians who are in danger of smashing the pots used in the rite (284).
Jebb on S. Ant. 37of. adducing Pi. Ol. 8 orthopolis of Theron 'raising up the city'. Given the ambivalent nature of Dicaeopolis and his relationship with the city, the ambiguity in his name is at least appropriate. E. L. Bowie 1989 suggests Dicaeopolis hides Eupolis. ) and counts himself fortunate to have stolen a single fig: in comparison with the conditions supposedly caused by the earlier Athenian treatment of the Megarians,31 Dicaeopolis' new trading arrangements are at least something of an improvement.
But when a bestial and hairy face with horse's ears turns toward the spectator and with its widened eyes looks deeply into his own, the confrontation can only be disquieting. The drinker who finds a necessary experience of alterity in the wine also discovers in himself his least divine part, sees the awakening of the animality nestled in the heart of the civilised. The satyr... presents man with the image of his hidden desires, of the savagery he holds in check, the exhibition of a truth quite different from his official identity.
Aristophanes: Myth, Ritual and Comedy by A. M. Bowie