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Aristophanes on how to write tragedy: what you wear is what you are

Robson, James (2005). Aristophanes on how to write tragedy: what you wear is what you are. In: McHardy, Fiona; Robson, James and Harvey, David eds. Lost dramas of classical Athens: Greek tragic fragments. Exeter, UK: Exeter University Press, pp. 171–186.

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This article looks at those scenes in Old Comedy where we gain glimpses of tragic poets in the act of composition - namely, Euripides in Acharnians and Agathon in Thesmophoriazusae. With these scenes as a base, it looks at how tragic composition is represented in Old Comedy and attempts to place this in the wider context of contemporary beliefs about literary composition as a whole, discussing the extent to which Aristophanes' views were innovative or derivative. The final section considers what the foregoing discussion can teach us about Aristophanes' own compositional processes.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2005 Unknown
ISBN: 0-85989-752-4, 978-0-85989-752-5
Keywords: Old Comedy; Aristophanes; Greek Tragedy; Inspiration; Composition; Humour
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Classical Studies
Item ID: 2595
Depositing User: James Robson
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 10:10
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