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Aristophanes and Athens

Greco-Roman antiquity acknowledged Aristophanes as the greatest writer of "Old Comedy" and he still remains timely today. Addressed to a mass audience of Athenians in the late 400s and early 300s B.C., his surviving eleven comedies aim satire and ridicule at the most prominent politicians, philosophers, scientists, and poets of his time. Not only are Aristophanes' plays hilarious and bawdy; they also offer a fascinating portrait of classical Athenian mores, politics, society, and religion. This brief series has one overriding aim - to help you enjoy the plays as comedy. Yet so embedded is the humor in the dramatic conventions of Old Comedy and in the life and times of classical Athens that we must examine all these features in order to comprehend what's supposed to be funny. Wine and cheese will be served. Text - Aristophanes: Four Comedies, ed. by William Arrowsmith, Ann Arbor Paperback, University of Michigan Press, ISBN 0-472-06152-6. Books are available for purchase at Park Road Books or on  

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12FPEAAA09/30/201210/28/2012Su from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, 5 Sessions50.00

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