Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature

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Aristophanes
(12,071 words)

A. Life and work

A. of Athens (c. 450–380 BC) is the sole poet of the so-called Old Comedy of whom complete plays are preserved. They were written for one-off performances in a dramatic competition that took place in the context of Athenian celebrations in honour of the god Dionysus. The roles were taken by three or four masked and costumed male actors. The chorus, after whom the comedies of A. are mostly named, often represented animals as well as people, and wore costumes accordingly.

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Holtermann, Martin, “Aristophanes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps5_e136370>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111



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