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6. The Persians

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In this module, we focus on the presentation of the Persians in the three plays, both when they are presented in their own right, such as when the King’s Eye enters the Athenian assembly at the beginning of Acharnians, but also when they are referred to more obliquely, such as in accusations of high treason and other anti-athenian conspiracies.


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.

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Wyles, R. (2018, August 15). Aristophanes - The Persians [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Wyles, R. "Aristophanes – The Persians." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,