By Nikoletta Kanavou
Aristophanes, the prestigious Greek comedian poet, is known for his performs on modern issues, during which he routines fierce political satire. historical political comedy made considerable use of comically major right names - a lot as is the case in glossy satire. comedian names utilized by Aristophanes for his satirical pursuits (public figures, daily Athenians) give you the major topic of this booklet, which addresses questions akin to why specific names are selected (or invented), and the way they relate to the plays?? characters and topics.
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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. Th. 839 – 41, Ra. 1039). 116 Cf. Coqc~ in 574, the emblem of Lamachos’ shield, which the poet likes to mention (cf.
Editors treat them inconsistently, sometimes printing them with capital initials, sometimes not. 60 For a survey of comedy’s treatment of foreign religions and cults practised at Athens, but never fully accepted, see Long 1989: 20 ff. Aristophanes’ negative depiction of them (cf. : 44 – 5) must reflect public feeling. 61 It would be wrong of course to see the poet as a serious-minded religious sceptic; he treats gods as ‘irreverently’ as every other aspect of contemporary life that lends itself to his satire.
It is attested in an inscription on a cult-table of the fourth century (IG II2 2343),126 which lists sixteen 123 It has been suggested that %mhqypor could be read as a personal name (Griffith 1974: 367 – 9). -mhqypor was the name of an Olympic victor of 456 (Arist. Italy, where a couple more attestations of the name are found; see LGPN IIIA. However, a personal name in this context is not likely, not just because it would be hardly relevant, but mainly because it would considerably weaken the joke, which largely depends on the Herald’s failure to realise that )lv¸heor is actually a name and on the subsequent play between ‘god’ (in the name) and ‘(not) man’ (in the Herald’s understanding of it).
Aristophanes' Comedy of Names: A Study of Speaking Names in Aristophanes (Sozomena: Studies in the Recovery of Ancient Texts) by Nikoletta Kanavou