n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Paraclausithyric parodies in Lysistrata and Vespae

Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Scholars have long recognised in the works of Aristophanes passages that could be called paraclausithyric or komastic, such as the so-called 'duet' of Ecclesiazusae 960-76. Yet the extent to which Aristophanes played with the theme of the excluded lover and his song - the paraclausithyron - has not been fully realised. It is very possible that Lysistrata and Vespae contain passages in which Aristophanes manipulates the topoi that are common in later literary paraclausithyra. These paraclausithyric elements both serve merely humorous purposes and contribute more subtly to structural coherence. This paper comprises two parts: an introduction gives a broad case for the existence of the paraclausithyric elements and suggests what they might add to the plays, and a commentary section presents detailed support and references for the arguments made in the introduction.

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