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By Colin Austin, S. Douglas Olson

ISBN-10: 0199553831

ISBN-13: 9780199553839

Thesmophoriazusae used to be played in Athens in 411 BCE, probably on the urban Dionysia, and is likely one of the so much fabulous of Aristophanes' 11 surviving comedies. it's the tale of the an important second in a quarrelbetween the tragic playwright Euripides and Athens' girls, who accuse him of slandering them in his performs and are protecting a gathering at one among their mystery gala's to set a penalty for his crimes. Thesmophoriazusae is a brilliantly creative comedy, filled with wild slapstick humour and devastating literary parody, and is a uncomplicated resource for questions of gender and sexuality in past due 5th-century Athens and for the preferred reception of Euripidean tragedy. Austin and Olson provide a textual content in response to a clean exam of the papyri and manuscripts, and an in depth observation overlaying a variety of literary, old, and philological matters. The creation contains sections at the date and ancient environment of the play; the Thesmophoria pageant; Aristophanes' dealing with of Euripidean tragedy; staging; Thesmophoriazusae II; and the background of recent severe paintings at the textual content. All Greek within the creation and remark no longer brought up for technical purposes is translated.

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1—3). Indeed, the -war in Ionia might never have got under -way (cf. Th. viii. 3) had it not been for Alcibiades, -who goaded the ephor Endios into action and eventually sailed to Chios himself along -with the Spartan general Chalcideus and a fleet of five ships (Th. viii. 12). Chios then revolted, followed by Erythrai and Klazomenai (Th. viii. 14; Klazomenai -was recovered by the Athenians shortly thereafter (Th. viii. 23. 6)), and later by Miletos (Th. viii. 17. 1—3), Lesbos (quickly crushed by the Athenians) (Th.

C) and must have been conceived -well before that), as -well as in the anonymous Life of Euripides § 2 (— S. T 54), -which reports that Sophocles responded to news of his rival's death by appearing in mourning -with his actors at 15 identifies that verse as an allusion to E. Andromeda fr. 116 But the supposed allusion is not compelling (cf. ) and thus provides no additional evidence for the date of Euripides' play. 16 Wilamowitz (n. 14) 346. R 804 notes that 'Charminos was serving as one of the generals around Samos in this period along with Phrynichos'—who was assassinated in July 411 (Th.

101. 6) dates Lamachos' death only to some time in summer 414 -without specifying -whether it came at the end of 415/14 (-which -would put Th. in 412/11, as appears on all other counts to be right) or the beginning of 414/13 (-which -would put Th. in4i i/io). 17 The evidence thus overwhelmingly supports a date of 411 for Th. WeknowfromZyys. Hyp. I. 33—4 that that play too-was staged in 411. It may have been possible for a poet to present two comedies at a single festival, -with one at least nominally assigned to someone else, although the only example of this phenomenon generally adduced is at the Lenaia in 422, -where Ar.

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