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    DescriptionThis book places the plays of Aristophanes in their contemporary context, asking what aspects of Greek, and especially Athenian, culture these comedies brought into play for their original audiences. It makes particular use of the structural analysis of Greek rituals and myths to demonstrate how their meanings and functions can be used to interpret the plays. This information is then used to suggest ways in which twentieth-century audiences may read the plays in terms of contemporary literary theories and concerns. This is the first book to apply the techniques of structural anthropology systematically to all the comedies. It does not impose a single interpretative structure on the plays but argues that each play operates with a range of different structures, and that groups of plays use similar structures in different ways. All Greek is translated.

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    Myth, Ritual and Comedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) A. M. Bowie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 348
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521575751
    ISBN 10: 0521575753

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
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    Ingram Subject Code: LC
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    B&T General Subject: 500
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    LC classification: PA
    BISAC V2.8: LAN000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A24204000
    DC22: 882.01
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    BISAC V2.8: LCO003000
    DC20: 882.01
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    LC classification: PA3879 .B84 1993
    Thema V1.0: DSG, DSBB
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    29 August 2005
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    Review quote
    "Bowie's book is a refreshing examination of Aristophanes's use of myth and ritual." Martha Habash, Classical Journal "...the reader will find a wealth of information and detail about ancient rites and festivals, and there are not few places where one's reading of an Aristophanic comedy will be enlarged and enlightened by the material that Bowie adduces." Classical Views
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. Acharnians; 3. Knights; 4. Wasps; 5. Clouds; 6. Peace; 7. Birds; 8. Lysistrata; 9. Thesmophoriazusae; 10. Frogs; 11. Ecclesiazusae; 12. Plutus; 13. Conclusion.