Aristophanes: Myth, Ritual and Comedy by A. M. Bowie

By A. M. Bowie

This ebook 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 recommendations to check the performs with these Greek myths and rituals that percentage related tale styles or material. it's the first publication to use this sort of research systematically to the entire comedies, and in addition differs from past experiences in that it doesn't impose a unmarried interpretative constitution at the performs. All Greek is translated.

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X> The significance of these violent scenes involving the Chorus can be summed up in their attitude to Amphitheus. It is ironic that men who claim once to have kept up with Phayllus, an Olympic athlete (211-14), should use the word spondophoros (216) of one to whom they are offering violence. 14 This point is emphasised by the fact that Amphitheus is closely associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries through his genealogical links with Demeter, the goddess of the Mysteries, and two heroes who played an important role in Eleusinian myth and cult: Triptolemus, the Attic hero who introduced to men the art of agriculture given him by Demeter,15 and Celeus, king of Eleusis, who entertained the goddess 9 10 11 12 14 15 Bonner & Smith 1930: 11 277 quote Plut.

He is a kind of demarch, but one with sovereign powers somewhat wider than that office normally enjoyed. 72 Ending the play with this festival sets the seal upon the ambiguities of its protagonist and his actions. The Anthesteria was a festival of ambiguities,73 in that it combined the celebration of the opening of the jars of new wine with the presence of ghostly figures in the city; it involved the competitive drinking of good quantities of wine with commemoration of the survival of the flood.

35 I 9 7 5 - 57^62. Deubner 1932: 134-8; Simon 1983: 101-4; Whitehead 1986: 212-22, esp. 222; PickardCambridge 1988: 42-56. Ach. is our main evidence; cf. Plut. Mot. 527D. 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).

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