The Songs of Aristophanes / Edition 1

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Overview

Aristophanes' comedies were as much musical as dramatic performances. The scores from these performances are lost, and the only way of recovering a sense of what the Athenian audience experienced is to study the rhythms of Aristophanes' poetry. His lyric verse covers a wide range of styles—from popular song to parody of tragedy. in this book, L.P.E. Parker provides a full text, with scansion, of the surviving plays' lyrics, and an introduction to the different rhythms used by Aristophanes, their origins, and literary associations. Parker emphasizes the role played by lyric meter in dramatic architecture and distinguishes the different levels of musical style. In this way, Parker illustrates meter's centrality in Aristophanes' dramatic art and satire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198149446
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Table of Contents

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Abbreviations and Metrical Terminology
List of Manuscripts Cited
1 The Art of Aristophanes' Lyric 3
2 The Metres of Aristophanes 18
Metrical Structures 18
Iambic 27
Trochaic 35
Cretic 40
Dactylic 48
Anapaestic 55
Ionic 61
Dochmiac 65
Choriambic 70
Dactylo-epitrite 85
3 Metre and the Transmission of the Text 94
The Poet to Triclinius 94
Triclinius to Brunck 106
Brunck to the Present 113
Acharnians 122
Knights 160
Clouds 184
Wasps 214
Peace 262
Birds 296
Lysistrata 358
Thesmophoriazusae 396
Frogs 454
Ecclesiazusae 524
Wealth 554
Select Bibliography 562
Index 573
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