Aristophanes and Greek Comedy: Clouds, Frogs, Women at the Thesmophoria
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Aristophanes is the only comic playwright of the Classical Greek era whose works have survived. One of the most original dramatists of the Western tradition, his plays feature a brilliant combination of fantasy, social-political satire, and use of absurd characters and plots to shine a spotlight on his society's institutions and values--and to skewer Athenian politicians who continued to promote the disastrous Peloponnesian War. The Clouds famously caricatures the philosopher Socrates; Women at the Thesmophoria blends elaborate parody of tragedy with transvestite burlesque; and in The Frogs, the Greek tragic playwrights Aeschylus and Euripides engage in a vituperative "literary criticism" of each other's plays in the Underworld--presided over by the god Dionysus.

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Class Sections For Aristophanes and Greek Comedy: Clouds, Frogs, Women at the Thesmophoria (OSHER 228)

Fall 2021 Section 1, Starting on: 09/21/2021

Class meets in person. Recommended reading: Aristophanes: Frogs and Other Plays, a verse translation by Stephen Halliwell. Oxford World's Classics, 2017. Paperback; ISBN 978-0-19-282409-7

Date(s) Day Time Location
09/21/21 - 10/26/21 T 11:30 am -1:00 pm UUCE 154
Tuition: $99.00      

Instructor: CHRISTOPHER HORNER

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