By Michael Vickers
Since the eighteenth century, classical students have commonly agreed that the Greek playwright Aristophanes didn't as an issue in fact write "political" performs. but, in line with an nameless Life of Aristophanes, while Dionysius the tyrant of Syracuse desired to find out about the govt of Athens, Plato despatched him a replica of Aristophanes' Clouds.
In this boldly revisionist paintings, Michael Vickers convincingly argues that during his previous performs, Aristophanes in truth commented at the day by day political issues of Athenians. Vickers reads the 1st six of Aristophanes' 11 extant performs in a manner that finds the imperative characters to be established largely on Pericles and his ward Alcibiades.
According to Vickers, the performs of Aristophanes—far from being nonpolitical—actually let us gauge the response of the Athenian public to the occasions that Pericles' loss of life in 429 B.C., to the fight for the political succession, and to the issues awarded through Alcibiades' emergence as some of the most robust figures within the country. This view of Aristophanes reaffirms the crucial function of allegory in his paintings and demanding situations all scholars of old Greece to reconsider long-held assumptions approximately this significant playwright.
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