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By Ashley Clements

Aristophanes' comedian masterpiece Thesmophoriazusae has lengthy been well-known among the performs of outdated Comedy for its deconstruction of tragic theatricality. This booklet finds that this deconstruction is grounded now not easily in Aristophanes' wider engagement with tragic realism. fairly, it demonstrates that from its outset Aristophanes' play attracts upon Parmenides' philosophical revelations bearing on fact and phantasm, applying Eleatic strictures and imagery to philosophize the theatrical state of affairs, criticize Aristophanes' poetic rival Euripides as promulgator of destructive deceptions, disclose the damaging complicity of Athenian theatre audiences in tragic phantasm, and articulate political recommendation to an viewers negotiating a interval of political turmoil characterised through deception and uncertainty (the months earlier than the oligarchic coup of 411 BC). The ebook thereby restores Thesmophoriazusae to its right prestige as a philosophical comedy and divulges hitherto unrecognized proof of Aristophanes' political use of Eleatic rules in the course of the overdue 5th century BC.

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