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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Abstract

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.

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