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Aristophanes: Myth, Ritual and Comedy

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ISBN-13: 978-0521575751
ISBN-10: 0521575753
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"Bowie's book is a refreshing examination of Aristophanes's use of myth and ritual." Martha Habash, Classical Journal

"...the reader will find a wealth of information and detail about ancient rites and festivals, and there are not few places where one's reading of an Aristophanic comedy will be enlarged and enlightened by the material that Bowie adduces." Classical Views

Book Description

Using anthropological techniques to compare the plays with Greek myths and rituals sharing similar story-patterns or subject matter, this book examines the plays of the Greek comic writer Aristophanes. It attempts to reconstruct the responses of the original audiences.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521575753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521575751
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,579,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek Murphy on March 26, 2011
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How can one fail to be interested in Aristophanes? Specifically, texts like the Clouds or the Frogs reveal a satirical look at mythic-historical figures like Socrates or Dionysus, whose literary influences are unending. Bowie expands the conversation by seeking to view the plays as originally seen by Athenians, while at the same time noting classical influences and readings.
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