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Aristophanes: Acharnians

5. Metatheatre

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In this module, we think about the prevalence of metatheatre in the play, focusing in particular on Dicaeopolis' speech at 366-84, which contains references to spectators, props and putting on different costumes.


In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) provides a close reading and analysis of Aristophanes' Acharnians, focusing in particular on the prescribed material for the OCR A-Level in Classical Greek. All passages are presented in the original Greek with a facing English translation, while commentary includes discussion of the juxtaposition of politics and poetics in the play, reality and comedy, the combination of visual and verbal humour, the limits (if any!) of Aristophanic comedy, and the importance of metatheatre in the play.


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 ( 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).

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Wyles, R. (2018, August 15). Aristophanes: Acharnians - Metatheatre [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Wyles, Rosie. "Aristophanes: Acharnians – Metatheatre." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,

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