Aristophanes' Comedy of Names: A Study of Speaking Names in by Nikoletta Kanavou

By Nikoletta Kanavou

Aristophanes, the prestigious Greek comedian poet, is legendary for his performs on modern subject matters, during which he routines fierce political satire. old political comedy made considerable use of comically major right names - a lot as is the case in smooth satire. comedian names utilized by Aristophanes for his satirical goals (public figures, daily Athenians) give you the major topic of this e-book, which addresses questions similar to why specific names are selected (or invented), and the way they relate to the plays?? characters and subject matters.

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On metaphor see further Newiger (1957). 101 The correlation of Dikaiopolis’ name with ‘justice’ and ‘city’ seems further relevant to a political reading of Acharnians, as the insistence that the war should end is purely political. 103 The view that the hero’s depiction may contain allusions to Aristophanes himself in specific scenes104 seems well-founded, and perhaps the meaning of the name could also be felt to reflect the attitude of the poet (cf. especially 655 in the parabasis: ¢r jyl\d¶sei t± d¸jaia).

Vv. H]yqor and H]yqor). 145 See Perlman 2000: 13 – 6 and Ercolani 2002: 228 – 33. The Theoros of Acharnians is reminiscent of a real ambassador sent to Thrace in 431, Nymphodoros (Th. 29). 146 The proper name is accentuated V\kgr by Wilson and Olson. Vak/r was preferred by Hall-Geldart, Coulon and Sommerstein. The place of the accent has not been determined on either common noun or name, cf. v. vakk|r. Other attestations of the noun include v\key (Hippon. fr. 21 W), vak^tym (Lys. 771 and Com. Adesp.

368), to mean ‘one of the same war-party’; perhaps it is deliberately ambivalent. 112 A generalising plural which shows contempt, cf. the comic names of 603 – 6 and Av. 1701. 113 See further under Clouds on the name Pheidippides. 114 Cf. Olson 2002: 360, 149 – 50. Plu. Nic. 15, Alc. 21 show that he was believed to come from a poor family. 115 Olson (2002: 150) may be right in thinking that this did not necessarily reflect Aristophanes’ personal political sympathies. ) became more appreciative of him after his death in 414 (cf.

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