Comedy and Religion in Classical Athens: Narratives of Religious…


Comedy and Religion in Classical Athens: Narratives of Religious Experiences in Aristophanes’ Wealth
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 2018-09-06
ISBN-10: 1107191165
ISBN-13: 9781107191167
Language: English
Pages: 212
Added: 2019-01-26 04:16:02

This book opens up a new perspective on Aristophanic drama and its relationship to Greek religion. It focuses on the comedy Wealth, whose fantasy of universal enrichment is structured upon a rich and largely unexplored framework of traditional stories of Greek religious experiences, such as oracles, miracle cures, and the introduction of new gods. The book examines the form and function of these stories, and explores how the playwright adapts them for his own comic purposes, grounding his comic fantasy on stories of philanthropic divinities who dependably respond to the needs of their worshippers. The collaboration of these deities, who act in tandem with their worshippers, achieves the comic fantasy. Francisco Barrenechea also addresses the larger question of how comedy participated in the religion of its time by imagining and dramatizing beliefs, and reveals the salutary bond that can exist between humor and religion in general. Show more Show less 4529319a53ecc1b6227695bd82401915

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