Initiating Dionysus: Ritual and Theatre in Aristophanes' Frogs

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198149811
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/4/1999
  • Pages: 416
  • Lexile: 1710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note to the Reader
Introduction 1
1 'Dionysiac' and 'Heraclean' in the Prologue of the Frogs 17
2 'Separation', 'Limen', 'Aggregation': The Frogs as a 'Rite of Passage' 45
3 The God of Wine and the Frogs 123
4 Initiation through Acting 159
5 Dionysus, the Poets, and the Polis 216
6 Aeschylus: A 'Dionysiac' Poet? 234
7 Dionysus 'Returns' to Heracles 255
8 Dionysus the Civic Viewer 279
9 Dionysus, Comedy, and Tragedy 312
Epilogue 326
App Ritual Disguise in the Greek World 330
References 337
General Index 375
Index of Frogs Passages Discussed 385
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