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

By Nikoletta Kanavou

The use of vital right names is among the such a lot exciting elements of Aristophanes’ artwork; unsurprisingly, it has bought a lot scholarly cognizance. But even though there are a good number of articles and scattered reviews on person names, the current ebook bargains the 1st systematic research at the topic. it really is, so far as attainable, an exhaustive dialogue of important right names that seem in Aristophanes’ 11 extant performs: own names (which occupy the biggest part), theonyms, place-names, ethnics and demotics – all names that appear to be intentionally used for his or her meanings. appendixes speak about slave-names and chosen names from Aristophanes’ fragmentary performs. Names are rigorously analysed of their context, taking into consideration a variety of components reminiscent of 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 way of allowing a deeper appreciation of Aristophanes ’ humour, and to the sphere of Greek literary onomastics.

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