Aristophanes and de Ste. Croix: the value of old comedy as evidence for Athenian popular culture

Pritchard, David (2012) Aristophanes and de Ste. Croix: the value of old comedy as evidence for Athenian popular culture. Antichthon, 46 14-44.

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Author Pritchard, David
Title Aristophanes and de Ste. Croix: the value of old comedy as evidence for Athenian popular culture
Journal name Antichthon   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0066-4774
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 46
Start page 14
End page 44
Total pages 31
Place of publication Bundanoon, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Society for Classical Studies
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract De Ste. Croix famously argued that Aristophanes had a conservative political outlook and attempted to use his comedies to win over lower-class audiences to this minority point of view. The ongoing influence of his interpretation has meant that Old Comedy has been largely ignored in the historiography of Athenian popular culture. This article extends earlier critiques of de Ste. Croix by systematically comparing how Aristophanes and the indisputably popular genre of fourth-century oratory represented the social classes of the Athenians and political leaders. The striking parallels between the two suggest that Aristophanes, far from advocating a minority position, exploited the rich and, at times, contradictory views of lower-class citizens for comic and ultimately competitive ends. As a consequence his plays are valuable evidence for Athenian popular culture and help to correct the markedly fourth-century bias in the writing of Athenian cultural history.
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