New clothes, a new you: clothing and character in Aristophanes

Robson, James (2005). New clothes, a new you: clothing and character in Aristophanes. In: Cleland, Liza; Harlow, Mary and Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd eds. The Clothed Body in the Ancient World. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books, pp. 65–74.

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Abstract

This article looks at the position that clothing holds in Aristophanes' plays and in particular the role of clothing in the realisation of humour. It looks at scenes in which Aristophanic figures appear wearing clothing inappropriate to their character-type, focusing on scenes of transvestism (Thesmophoriazusae, Ecclesiazusae). The article engages with Silk's concept of 'recreatvity' and concludes with observations on the interrelationship between clothing, character and stagecraft.

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