Aristophanes and Alcibiades: Echoes of Contemporary History by Michael Vickers

By Michael Vickers

This learn of Aristophanes offers the root for a complete re-examination not just of Aristophanes as a poet and playwright, but in addition of our notion of politics and the function of the theatre in classical Athens.

It indicates how Aristophanes used allegorical ability to touch upon the day by day political matters of Athenians, specifically the issues awarded by way of the sluggish emergence of Alcibiades as essentially the most robust figures within the nation.

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