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By Jeffrey Henderson

Aristophanes, one of many maximum and most vital poets of the golden age of classical Greek literature, has remained, within the English-speaking global at the very least, essentially the most forbidding, simply because least good understood. this can be a selection of serious and interpretative essays in English dedicated completely to this poet. Addressed to experts and non-specialists alike, its goal is to carry glossy literary and philological ways to endure on a few facets of Aristophanic poetry most vital for our knowing not just of Greek literature yet of Greek background and tradition in addition. The essays offer clean insights into 3 of Aristophanes' richest and such a lot difficult performs (Acharnians, Clouds and Lysistrate), a second look of the poet's status as a lyricist, and a attention of his notoriety as an opponent of the good conflict with Sparta. it truly is was hoping that those essays will stimulate in all scholars of classical antiquity renewed curiosity during this awesome and provocative poet.

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Each makes the same request, but in different terms (1052, 1060). Dicaeopolis' 63. See Frazer (1911) 97ff. and, for bibliography, Schwabl (1967). 64. v. Aiovucrou y&nos; Arist. Ath. Pol. 3. 5; Dem. 59. 73. 65. In assigning the marriage to this night, I have followed Burkert (1972) 258. 66. On the eccyclema, which rolls back in at 1096, see Dale (1969) 291-2 and Dover (1972) 84. 67. On the importance of crowns at the Pitchers, see Burkert (1972) 255-6. 68. So Starkie (1909) adloc. 21 Lowell Edmunds refusal of the first request, the groom's, conveyed by the groomsman, is a foil for his acceptance of the second, the bride's, conveyed by the bridesmaid.

New York 1969) xxviii. 5. Lawrence Kohlberg, in many of his publications, including 'From Is to Ought', in Cognitive Development and Epistemology, ed. T. Mischel (New York 1971), pp. 00-0, and 'Education for Justice: a Modern Statement of the Platonic View', in Moral Education, ed. N. F. and T. R. Sizer (Cambridge, Mass. 1970) 57-83; an interesting critique of Kohlberg's views is Kurt Baier's ' Moral Development', The Monist 58 (1974) 601-15. 6. Apol. i8a-e. 45 Martha JVussbaum Plato's Socrates, interested primarily in morals, expresses dissatisfaction with the methods and aims of natural science; in Aristophanes we find a quibbling scientist discoursing on the physiology of flea intestines.

On the religious value of food, see Eliade (1963) 43 and n. 6. Aristophanes' 'Acharnians' The composition of the opening monologue Sentence type 1 2 3 4 exclamation continuation continuation question a b b 6. answer Mood Repetition Subject a b a b 8e8f|yuou. . Kap8iccv f|cr6r)v cb8uvf)0r|v unspecified pain pleasure pain pleasure pleasure politics (Cleon) b ^ r exclamation §yocvcb6r|v 9 co8uvT)8r|v 1 10 I assertion ending 11 Tin question (12) pain poetry a iaeiae.. KapSiav 12 J 13 "| u Y assertion ' assertion pleasure pain b a f|cr6r|v I Siecrrp&cpriv r poetry politics 17-39 18 33 Bibliography Arendt, Hannah (1958).

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