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6. Individual Scenes
About this Lecture
In this section, we think about the comedy of individual scene: good example include the scene in ‘Lysistrata’ where Myrrhine is thinking of reasons why she can’t have sex with her husband, or the scene in ‘Peace’ where the main character rides a giant dung-beetle around the stage.
In this course, Prof. Edith Hall (King's College, London) provides an introduction to the plays of Aristophanes, thinking in particular about the world that Aristophanes lived in and his comic output and focusing in particular on: the link between comedy and democracy, the distinctiveness of Aristophanes as compared to other comic playwrights writing at the same time, the theatrical elements of Old Comedy (music, choreography, costume, etc.), the types of comedy that one finds in the plays themselves, and - finally – the play-world of Aristophanes’ comedies.
Edith Hall is Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University. Her research focuses on ancient Greek literature and cultural history. Some of her major publications include Inventing the Barbarian: Greek Self-Definition through Tragedy (OUP, 1989), Greek Tragedy: Suffering Under the Sun (OUP, 2010), Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind (Norton, 2014), and Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life (Penguin, 2020).
Cite this Lecture
Hall, E. (2018, August 15). Aristophanes - Individual Scenes [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/aristophanes-introduction/individual-scenes
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