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1. Introduction to Aristophanes and Athens
About this Lecture
In this module, we provide a basic chronology of the three plays in question (Acharnians, Knights, Peace), including the Athenian festivals at which each was performed, how well each play was received when it was first performed, as well as the precise historical context of each play.
In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) 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.
Dr Rosie Wyles researches the cultural history of the ancient world through theatre performance. She did her undergraduate studies in Classics at Oxford and was awarded her PhD on the ancient performance reception of Euripides from the University of London in 2007. Her research interests include Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity and beyond it, and gender.
Cite this Lecture
Wyles, R. (2018, August 15). Aristophanes - Introduction to Aristophanes and Athens [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/aristophanes-and-athens/introduction-to-aristophanes-and-athens
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