By Michael Vickers
The traditional view of Aristophanes bristles with difficulties. vital testimony for Alcibiades’ paramount function in comedy is constantly passed over, and the culture that “masks have been made to seem just like the komodoumenoi, in order that sooner than an actor spoke a notice, the viewers could realize who used to be being attacked” is hardly invoked. If those testimonia are taken under consideration, a desirable photograph emerges, the place the komodoumenoi are in keeping with the Periclean loved ones: older characters on Pericles himself, more youthful on Alcibiades. Aspasia, Pericles’ mistress, and Hipparete, Alcibiades’ spouse, lie at the back of many girl characters, and Alcibiades’ ambiguous sexuality additionally permits him to be proven at the level as a girl, significantly as Lysistrata. there's a titanic overlap among the anecdotal culture in terms of the ancient 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 can be obvious to have served as an aide-mémoire for Thucydides and Xenophon. If the argument provided this is right, then a lot present scholarship on Aristophanes could be set aside.
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