This course provides a critical study of three plays of Aristophanes – The Acharnians (425 BC), The Knights (424 BC) and Peace (421 BC) – in their theatrical, religious, social, and political context. In particular, we explore the presentation of a few of many real Athenians that appear in the play (e.g. Cleon, Lamachus, Demosthenes, Nicias), before considering the presentation of war, ritual and festivals across all three plays.
Rosie Wyles studied Classics at Oxford, graduating from St. Anne’s college in 2004. She has been involved with the Archive for the Performance Reception of Greek and Roman drama, Oxford (www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk) since 2004 when she was awarded the AHRC PhD studentship attached to the APGRD’s project on the reception of the tragic canon within antiquity. Her thesis, supervised by Professor Edith Hall, was on costume’s role in the ancient performance reception of Euripides’ Telephus, Heracles and Andromeda. She was awarded her doctorate from the University of London in 2007. After the completion of her doctorate, she has held posts at the University of Oxford, the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include: Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity, performance reception and gender. Her most recent research project, begun as Leverhulme research fellow at the University of Nottingham, is on Madame Dacier’s French translations of Greek and Latin texts in Louis XIV’s France and the significance of her work to gender battles (in her own time and beyond).
Tutor: Dr Rosie Wyles
University: Kent University
1. Introduction to Aristophanes and Athens
4. Nicias & Demosthenes
5. The Athenians & Hyperbolus
6. The Persians
8. Rituals & Festivals