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Aristophanes’ Frogs Athens, 405 BCE
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Comedy… …what’s the shelf life?
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- comic phallus - masks - animal chorus - whimsical/ surreal action
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Old Comedy set in Athens puts current figures on stage physical/bodily humor speaks directly to the citizen audience
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Recent Political History Sicilian Expedition 415-413 BCE Arginusae 406 BCE Aegospotami 405 BCE Athenian Surrender 404 BCE
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Cultural Losses Aeschylus (525/4-456 BCE) Sophocles (497/6-406/5 BCE) Euripides (480-406 BCE) What will Athens do without its tragedians? What purpose do its tragedians serve?
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What is he wearing ? Dionysus Heracles (and Cerberus)
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Plot? Dionysus and Xanthias ask Heracles directions to Hades Dionysus crosses the lake, endures the frogs Dionysus and Xanthias are reunited in Hades, encounter ‘Empusa’ and initiates They come to the house of Pluto where ‘Heracles’ is berated for his behaviour on his last visit Xanthias and Dionysus are both whipped to determine who
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course CLASSICS 101 taught by Professor Benjaminmcclosky during the Spring '11 term at Ohio State.

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