By Carlo Ferdinando Russo

Carlo Ferdinando Russo's e-book has been a seminal paintings on Aristophanes given that its booklet in Italy in 1962. In his distinct research, Russo considers the performs as libretti for actors and singers instead of as mere texts, and not loses sight of the degree. this can be the vintage publication approximately Aristophanes. Now ultimately on hand in English and much-updated, it's crucial studying for any pupil of Athenian comedy.

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He promises to teach you many fine things, in order to make you happy, without 22 CHRONOLOGY OF AN APPRENTICESHIP adulating you, without bribes, without tricks or clever schemes, without flattery, just by teaching you of the finest things. Let Kleon devise his intrigues, plot against me as he will: goodness and justice will be my allies! I will never be caught acting as he does towards the city, as a coward and arch-queer! Perhaps line 5 of Acharnians refers to the performance of Babylonians: ‘what was that joy rising to the point of ecstasy?

The third column lists Nikophon, Theopompos, Kephisodorus and a poet…I[, and therefore contains gaps. The fourth column is full of gaps. 4, Kephisodorus had a victory in 402, which scholars think was his first. In the thirty-six-year period 458–423–423 is the date of the noted victory of Kratinos, definitely his last—the list mentions eight poets sharing a total of twenty-two victories and includes another six with at least six successes. 18 CHRONOLOGY OF AN APPRENTICESHIP If the victories of poets from the period 486–459 were not consigned after 458, then the six poets, prior to Kantharos, to whom I have ascribed one victory, must by 424 have won a minimum of another eight times.

A victory a year earlier or a year later is obviously a trifle. However, it is better to pursue such trifles than to trust in those who have heard the thunder of liberal applause in the theatre of Babylonians, those who maintain that the Dionysian list provides an exact calendar record of the victory of Babylonians —the list which chronologers and ‘historians’ of literature prefer not to analyse, disdaining such ‘ancillary’ labour, although it contains all the instruments necessary for an accurate historical treatment of the rise of the new poets and the decline of the old.

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