Aristophanes and Alcibiades: Echoes of Contemporary History by Michael Vickers

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By Michael Vickers

This research of Aristophanes offers the foundation for a complete second look not just of Aristophanes as a poet and playwright, but additionally of our notion of politics and the function of the theatre in classical Athens.

It exhibits how Aristophanes used allegorical potential to touch upon the daily political issues of Athenians, specifically the issues offered through the sluggish emergence of Alcibiades as the most robust figures within the nation.

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