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

By Nikoletta Kanavou

The use of important right names is likely one of the such a lot wonderful facets of Aristophanes’ paintings; unsurprisingly, it has bought a lot scholarly awareness. But even if there are loads of articles and scattered reviews on person names, the current ebook bargains the 1st systematic learn at the topic. it's, so far as attainable, an exhaustive dialogue of vital right names that seem in Aristophanes’ 11 extant performs: own names (which occupy the most important part), theonyms, place-names, ethnics and demotics – all names that appear to be intentionally used for his or her meanings. appendixes talk about slave-names and chosen names from Aristophanes’ fragmentary performs. Names are conscientiously analysed of their context, taking into consideration a variety of components resembling language (etymology and word-plays), the content material of the performs (the plots, set opposed to their political and social background), and problems with characterisation. This paintings is hence intended to give a contribution at the same time to Aristophanic scholarship, by means of allowing a deeper appreciation of Aristophanes ’ humour, and to the sphere of Greek literary onomastics.

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