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5. The Athenians & Hyperbolus
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the presentation of the Athenian people in the three plays that we’re looking at. For the most part, the people of Athens are credulous and fickle, unable to resist manipulation by demagogues like Cleon and (later) Hyperbolus. There is, however, one moment in the Knights where it appears ‘Thepeople’ isn’t quite as brainless as ‘he’ first appears.
In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) provides a critical study of three plays of Aristophanes – The Acharnians (425 BC), The Knights (424 BC) and Peace (421 BC) – in their theatrical, religious, social, and political context. In particular, we explore the presentation of a few of many real Athenians that appear in the play (e.g. Cleon, Lamachus, Demosthenes, Nicias), before considering the presentation of war, ritual and festivals across all three plays.
Dr Rosie Wyles researches the cultural history of the ancient world through theatre performance. She did her undergraduate studies in Classics at Oxford and was awarded her PhD on the ancient performance reception of Euripides from the University of London in 2007. Her research interests include Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity and beyond it, and gender.
Cite this Lecture
Wyles, R. (2018, August 15). Aristophanes - The Athenians & Hyperbolus [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/aristophanes-and-athens/the-athenians-hyperbolus
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