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By Jeffrey Henderson

Aristophanes, one of many maximum and most crucial poets of the golden age of classical Greek literature, has remained, within the English-speaking global at the least, essentially the most forbidding, simply because least good understood. this can be a selection of serious and interpretative essays in English committed solely to this poet. Addressed to experts and non-specialists alike, its objective is to carry glossy literary and philological tips on how to undergo on a few points of Aristophanic poetry most important for our figuring out not just of Greek literature yet of Greek historical past and tradition to boot. The essays supply clean insights into 3 of Aristophanes' richest and such a lot tough performs (Acharnians, Clouds and Lysistrate), a second look of the poet's popularity as a lyricist, and a attention of his notoriety as an opponent of the good struggle with Sparta. it truly is was hoping that those essays will stimulate in all scholars of classical antiquity renewed curiosity during this exceptional and provocative poet.

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The translation is that of Rogers (1910). 73. I refer here to the argument of Burkert (1972) 236-69. On the underlying somberness of the drinking ritual, see especially 244, 254. , that he tends to confuse the historical-psychological dynamics of the ritual with its actual mood. 74 The allusion is obscure in most respects but it is at least clear that Antimachus had omitted an obligatory and important part of the festival. Against the background of the Pitchers and Dicaeopolis' feast, Antimachus must appear especially contemptible.

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4. An important recent philosophical exception was Wittgenstein, who wrote, ' I cannot characterize my standpoint better than by saying that it is opposed to that which Socrates represents in the Platonic dialogues' (Nachlass n o , 157, cited in Garth Hallett, A Companion to Wittgenstein's 'Philosophical Investigations' (Ithaca 1977) 771); his reasons for saying this appear to be remote from our present concerns but in fact are not. Gf. also the pertinent remarks in S. Cavell, Must We Mean What We Say?

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