CLCIV 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 21: Pheidippides, Dionysia, Lenaia

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Lecture 21: aristophanes, comic dramatist, 445-387 bce, plays. Lysistrata, 411 bce: women take over state, end the war by a sex-strike. The clouds 423 bce: radical conservative, never openly attacks democracy, themes of his early plays: They sue him for assault: he chases them away, pheidippides beats his father, claims he can beat his mother, strepsiades burns down the thinkery with socrates inside. Dirty long-haired weirdos : sophists, prophets, teachers of medicine, poets of dithyramb=intellectuals, religious experts, scientists: socrates prays to air, ether, clouds. In 260 fragments: very hard to read, published only in 2006, completely crazy text (disturbing, blasphemous ideas, the author of the derveni, the theogony of orpheus must not be taken literally. In it zeus deposes his own father cronus, swallows the penis of. Ouranos (sky) and rapes his own mother, rhea. The texts need interpretation (allegory: teleology: everything is for the best , who was the author of the derveni, was it diogenes of apollonia.

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