Initiating Dionysus: Ritual and Theatre in Aristophanes' Frogs

Initiating Dionysus: Ritual and Theatre in Aristophanes' Frogs

by Ismene Lada-Richards
     
 

This book offers a fresh and challenging multi-disciplinary interpretation of Aristophanes' Frogs. Drawing on a wide range of literary and anthropological approaches, it seeks to explore how membership in Greek fifth-century society would have shaped one's understanding of the play, and, more specifically, of Dionysus as a dramatic figure.See more details below

Overview

This book offers a fresh and challenging multi-disciplinary interpretation of Aristophanes' Frogs. Drawing on a wide range of literary and anthropological approaches, it seeks to explore how membership in Greek fifth-century society would have shaped one's understanding of the play, and, more specifically, of Dionysus as a dramatic figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198149811
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/04/1999
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1710L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Note to the Reader
Introduction1
1'Dionysiac' and 'Heraclean' in the Prologue of the Frogs17
2'Separation', 'Limen', 'Aggregation': The Frogs as a 'Rite of Passage'45
3The God of Wine and the Frogs123
4Initiation through Acting159
5Dionysus, the Poets, and the Polis216
6Aeschylus: A 'Dionysiac' Poet?234
7Dionysus 'Returns' to Heracles255
8Dionysus the Civic Viewer279
9Dionysus, Comedy, and Tragedy312
Epilogue326
AppRitual Disguise in the Greek World330
References337
General Index375
Index of Frogs Passages Discussed385

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