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7. War

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In this module, we focus on the presentation of war and its effects in the three plays. In particular, we think about how different tones that Aristophanes achieves when discussing war, from the desperately tragic (such as when we see the starving Megarians in the Acharnians) to the completely comic (such as when War himself enters the stage in Peace).


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 - War [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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