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The Opening (1-25)

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Aristophanes: Frogs

This course provides close reading and analysis of Aristophanes’ Frogs, focusing on the prescribed material for the OCR A-Level in Classical Greek. All passages are presented in the original Greek with a facing English translation, while commentary includes discussion of the historical context of the play, the language and style of Aristophanic comedy and its characters, and the references to other literary works, most notably the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides.

The Opening (1-25)

In this module, we discuss the opening lines of the play, in which we meet Dionysus and his slave, Xanthias. Xanthias is desperate to talk about his ‘heavy load’, but Dionysus is sick of hearing the same old jokes…

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Wyles, R. (2018, August 15). Aristophanes: Frogs - The Opening (1-25) [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Wyles, R. "Aristophanes: Frogs – The Opening (1-25)." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,


Dr Rosie Wyles

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University