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Unformatted text preview: Old Comedy. Aristophanes. Lysistrata Old Comedy origins comedy (kômos (procession or band) /odoi (singers) ) : a band of singers satyrica : enacting absurd scenes phallic processions (Aristotle's Poetics ) : at festivals a procession in which men carried huge phalluses and insulted members of the crowd earlier poetry : poetry sung to the accompany of a lyre, often rude and sexual and scatological-had to do with orifices (openings) typical elements actors grotesque exaggeration of stomach and phallus (cf. origins) grotesque masks highly sexual and scatological mythology and theology treated with total irreverence : nothing is sacred in politics little guy's attack through humor and wit against those in power lampoons prominent contemporaries-everything from their physical appearance, to moral character to intelligence (apparent immunity) comedian had immunity chorus of 24 plots fantastic end in festive scene with formal recognition of hero's victory usually triad of Wine, Food, Sex Aristophanes fluorit 427-386: 11 of at least 40 plays little biographical information historical context Lysistrata (Lenaia, 411 :shortly after the Sicilian expedition that took place in the years 415 to 413, bad outcome for the Athenians, led to the destruction of the entire Athenian army and the death of an entire generation of fighting age men so there is a severe man shortage during this play ) cast (with significant names) includes: nomen open Lysistrata (lys/strata) the break/ the lines of an army= the breaker of armies Kleonike (kleo/nikê) fame/ victory= famed for victory Myrrhine (myrrh-) the name of the spice which Greeks believed was an aphrodisiac Lampito (lamp-) light, shinning bright Ismenia two choruses: one of Old Men, the other of Old Women each chorus has chorus leader called a Koryphaios Commissioner Kinesias (kinêsis) : the study of movement, moving, a guy who is moving in excitement towards a vagina structure...
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course CLAS 1110 taught by Professor Stevens,be during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.
- Spring '08
- Lysistrata, The Acropolis, Lysistrata, Myrrhine, Chorus of Old Women, Chorus of Old Men