Initiating Dionysus: Ritual and Theatre in Aristophanes' Frogs by Ismene Lada-RichardsInitiating Dionysus: Ritual and Theatre in Aristophanes' Frogs by Ismene Lada-Richards

Initiating Dionysus: Ritual and Theatre in Aristophanes' Frogs

byIsmene Lada-Richards

Hardcover | October 1, 1998

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This book offers a challenging multi-disciplinary interpretation of Aristophanes' Frogs. Drawing on a wide range of literary and anthropological approaches, it deploys an impressive series of religious and cultural considerations which have never previously been used to illuminate this text.Rather than seeking to recover the 'authorial' meaning of the Frogs, Dr Lada-Richards attempts to reconstruct the wider spectrum of potential meanings that various segments of the play could have had in their own socio-cultural milieu. The key question the book explores is how membership in Greekfifth-century society would have shaped understanding of the play, with particular emphasis on the persona of Dionysus who, as Dr Lada-Richards argues, should not be viewed merely as a stock comic character but as inseparable from the complex, paradoxical figure of his mythical and ritualcounterpart. Combining sophistication and complexity with clarity and elegance of style, the book is addresses to the scholar as well as the student of Greek drama and culture, and its insights should appeal to anybody interested in the manifold ways theatre (of any period and culture) remoulds theritual sequences of the social frame to which it belongs.
Ismene Lada-Richards is at University of Nottingham.
Title:Initiating Dionysus: Ritual and Theatre in Aristophanes' FrogsFormat:HardcoverPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198149816

ISBN - 13:9780198149811


Editorial Reviews

`This book assembles many qualities. It commands attention by its scientific rigor ... based on a courageous multidiciplinary analysis, on an impressingly wide range of literary and cultural approaches and a series of cultural and above all religious considerations that have never before beenused to clarify the text of the frogs.'M.Delaunois, Les Etudes Classiques, University of Namur.