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By Nikoletta Kanavou

The use of vital right names is among the such a lot pleasing points of Aristophanes’ artwork; unsurprisingly, it has obtained a lot scholarly cognizance. But even if there are a number of articles and scattered reviews on person names, the current publication bargains the 1st systematic examine at the topic. it truly 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 talk about slave-names and chosen names from Aristophanes’ fragmentary performs. Names are rigorously analysed of their context, bearing in mind a number elements 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 therefore intended to give a contribution concurrently to Aristophanic scholarship, through permitting a deeper appreciation of Aristophanes ’ humour, and to the sector of Greek literary onomastics.

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