Aristophanes Thesmophoriazusae by Colin Austin, S. Douglas Olson

By Colin Austin, S. Douglas Olson

Thesmophoriazusae was once played in Athens in 411 BCE, probably on the urban Dionysia, and is likely one of the so much impressive of Aristophanes' 11 surviving comedies. it's the tale of the the most important second in a quarrelbetween the tragic playwright Euripides and Athens' girls, who accuse him of slandering them in his performs and are keeping a gathering at one in all their mystery fairs to set a penalty for his crimes. Thesmophoriazusae is a brilliantly artistic comedy, choked with wild slapstick humour and devastating literary parody, and is a easy resource for questions of gender and sexuality in overdue 5th-century Athens and for the preferred reception of Euripidean tragedy. Austin and Olson supply a textual content in accordance with a clean exam of the papyri and manuscripts, and an in depth statement protecting a variety of literary, ancient, and philological matters. The advent comprises sections at the date and ancient atmosphere of the play; the Thesmophoria competition; Aristophanes' dealing with of Euripidean tragedy; staging; Thesmophoriazusae II; and the background of recent serious paintings at the textual content. All Greek within the advent and remark no longer brought up for technical purposes is translated.

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At the same time, they are locked in a bitter, ongoing quarrel -with Euripides about the -way he portrays 41 Cf. Hdt. vi. 16. 2 (the Chians arrive in Ephesus at night and are taken 'to be thieves and to be coming after the women' of the city, who were celebrating the Thesmophoria), which probably implies that a portion of the rites went on at night, although it might instead be the case that the women were camping in a sanctuary outside the city (just as they camped in or around the Eleusinion in Athens).

The most recent translations of all the plays are the French Pleiade of Pascal Thiercy (Paris, 1997) and the new 4-volume Loeb of Jeffrey Henderson (Cambridge, Mass. and London, 1998—2002; Th. in vol. iii (2000)). Alan Sommerstein's edition in the Aris and Phillips series (Warminster, 1980— ; Th. in vol. viii (1994)) was successfully completed in 2002 with a volume of Indexes (including an index of Persons, pp. 87-126). 14 The fundamental discussion of the question remains U. von WilamowitzMoellendorff, Aristoteles und Athen ii (Berlin, 1893) 343-55.

9. 2, 10. 1—3). Indeed, the -war in Ionia might never have got under -way (cf. Th. viii. 3) had it not been for Alcibiades, -who goaded the ephor Endios into action and eventually sailed to Chios himself along -with the Spartan general Chalcideus and a fleet of five ships (Th. viii. 12). Chios then revolted, followed by Erythrai and Klazomenai (Th. viii. 14; Klazomenai -was recovered by the Athenians shortly thereafter (Th. viii. 23. 6)), and later by Miletos (Th. viii. 17. 1—3), Lesbos (quickly crushed by the Athenians) (Th.

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