By Michael Vickers
The traditional view of Aristophanes bristles with difficulties. vital testimony for Alcibiades’ paramount function in comedy is constantly omitted, and the culture that “masks have been made to appear just like the komodoumenoi, in order that sooner than an actor spoke a be aware, the viewers could realize who was once being attacked” is infrequently invoked. If those testimonia are taken under consideration, a desirable photo emerges, the place the komodoumenoi are in accordance with the Periclean family: older characters on Pericles himself, more youthful on Alcibiades. Aspasia, Pericles’ mistress, and Hipparete, Alcibiades’ spouse, lie at the back of many lady characters, and Alcibiades’ ambiguous sexuality additionally permits him to be proven at the level as a girl, significantly as Lysistrata. there's a sizeable overlap among the anecdotal culture on the subject of the historic 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 noticeable to have served as an aide-mémoire for Thucydides and Xenophon. If the argument provided here's right, then a lot present scholarship on Aristophanes could be set aside.
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Aristophanes and Alcibiades: Echoes of Contemporary History in Athenian Comedy by Michael Vickers