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By Carlo Ferdinando Russo

Carlo Ferdinando Russo's e-book has been a seminal paintings on Aristophanes on the grounds that its book in Italy in 1962. In his specified research, Russo considers the performs as libretti for actors and singers instead of as mere texts, and not loses sight of the degree. this can be the vintage e-book approximately Aristophanes. Now ultimately on hand in English and much-updated, it's crucial analyzing for any scholar of Athenian comedy.

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Demosthenes, Midias 8–10). If the assembly seconded the denunciation, judicial proceedings were undertaken in the relevant seat. In the case of Babylonians, should one accept that such a practice already actually existed in the fifth century, the assembly in the theatre of Dionysos seconded Kleon’s denunciation and Kleon brought the defendant before the Boule. The Boule, however, allowed the defendant to go free. ‘This time’ —says the protagonist of the Lenaian Acharnians—‘Kleon won’t be able to slander me, saying that I have spoken ill of the city in the 23 ARISTOPHANES, AN AUTHOR FOR THE STAGE presence of foreigners.

In the parabasis of Acharnians all the anapaests are dedicated to personal affairs, likewise the iambic trimeters 377–82 and 502–3 and the satirical stasimon deriding the Lenaian choregos Antimachos. Acharnians, indeed, is the comedy richest in personal references made outside the parabasis directly by the protagonist himself. Apart from the stasimon against Antimachos, the personal references all relate directly to Babylonians. Let us take a look, within the overall surrounding contest (the italics indicate the beginning and end of the personal passages, besides those of the parabasis): I’ll say whatever I wish in favour of the Spartans.

The victory of Acharnians was apparently Aristophanes’ first success, at the beginning of the third year of his career: if the considerations made in section 5 of the preceding chapter are indeed correct, then the Dionysian first place mentioned in the victors’ list would not have been consigned in 426, but rather in 425, two months after the first place with Acharnians. Acharnians is the only extant comedy from the period of Aristophanes’ apprenticeship, during which—as remarked previously—he did not present his comedies personally, but preferred to appear in the chorus.

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