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In this groundbreaking study, Anton Bierl uses recent approaches in literary and cultural studies to investigate the chorus of Old Comedy. After an extensive theoretical introduction that also serves as a general introduction to the dramatic chorus from the comic vantage point, a close reading of Aristophanes' "Thesmophoriazusae" shows that ritual is indeed present in both the micro- and macrostructure of Attic comedy, not as a fossilized remnant of the origins of the genre but as part of a still existing performative choral culture. The chorus members do play a role within the dramatic plot, but they simultaneously refer to their own performance in the here and now and to their function as participants in a ritual. Bierl's investigation also includes an unparalleled treatment of the phallic songs preserved by Semos.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674023734
ISBN-10: 0674023730
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Pages: 530
Imprint: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Anton Bierl

Anton Bierl is Professor of Greek Philology at the University of Basel. Alexander Hollmann is Assistant Professor of the Classics at the University of Washington.