By Michael Vickers
The traditional view of Aristophanes bristles with difficulties. vital testimony for Alcibiades’ paramount position in comedy is continually omitted, and the culture that “masks have been made to appear just like the komodoumenoi, in order that prior to an actor spoke a note, the viewers might realize who was once being attacked” is hardly invoked. If those testimonia are taken under consideration, a desirable photo emerges, the place the komodoumenoi are in response to the Periclean family: older characters on Pericles himself, more youthful on Alcibiades. Aspasia, Pericles’ mistress, and Hipparete, Alcibiades’ spouse, lie in the back of many lady characters, and Alcibiades’ ambiguous sexuality additionally permits him to be proven at the degree as a lady, significantly as Lysistrata. there's a large overlap among the anecdotal culture with regards to the old figures and the plotting of Aristophanes’ performs. This extends to speech styles, the place Alcibiades’ speech illness is lampooned. Aristophanes is constantly severe of Alcibiades’ mercurial politics, and his works is additionally obvious to have served as an aide-mémoire for Thucydides and Xenophon. If the argument offered here's right, then a lot present scholarship on Aristophanes will be set aside.
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Aristophanes and Alcibiades: Echoes of Contemporary History in Athenian Comedy by Michael Vickers