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By Alan H. Sommerstein

The Tangled methods of Zeus is a set of experiences written during the last two decades through the celebrated classicist Alan Sommerstein approximately numerous elements of historic Greek tragedy (and, now and again, different comparable genres). It enhances his contemporary number of stories in Greek comedy, speaking approximately Laughter (OUP, 2009). many of the essays haven't been released formerly, others have seemed in books or journals difficult to discover outdoor significant educational libraries. every one bankruptcy bargains with its personal subject, yet among them they increase a multifaceted photograph of the dramatists (especially Aeschylus and Sophocles), the style, and its interactions with the society, tradition, and faith of classical Athens.

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Holwerda 1977: pp. x–xxvi) argues for the Kallias archonship of 406 as the date of Phrynis’ victory, but this is surely ruled out by the implication of Arist. Met. 993b15 that Phrynis was famous well before Timotheos; Timotheos died aged 90 between 366/5 and 357/6 (FGrH 239 A 76) and therefore was already middle-aged in 406/5, and anecdotes associate him with Archelaos of Macedon (reigned 413–399) and with Euripides. Hose’s argument that if Phrynis had won a Panathenaic victory in 446 his style would not have seemed disturbingly novel in 423, when Clouds was produced, is fallacious: Euripides won his first Dionysian victory in 441 yet could still be seen as a controversial and subversive innovator in Frogs, produced in 405 after his death.

At all times, because of the use of [43] masks, it was impossible for characters to eat,5 though they 2 Aistophanes sails near the wind of this prohibition in Thesm. 626–33, when the disguised male who has infiltrated the Thesmophoria is tested by being asked questions about ‘last year’s rituals’—but he then quickly snatches away the forbidden fruit: the old man’s answers, though (at first) apparently accurate, reveal only what all male spectators thought they knew anyway—that if women assemble together in the absence of men, their main activity will be drinking.

Clouds 971 that Phrynis was the first to win a Panathenaic victory with the kithara (ðæøÐôïò ðÆæ’ ÚŁÅíÆßïØò ŒØŁÆæø fi äØŒfiÅÐ íØŒÅÐóÆØ —ÆíÆŁÞíÆØÆ: sic fere codd. EMA) ‘in the archonship of Kallias’; Davison (1958: 40–1), noting that of the three fifth-century archons of this name none held office in a Great Panathenaic year during Perikles’ lifetime, argued that ˚ƺºßïı should be emended (with M. H. E. Meier (in Ersch and Gruber 1818–89: iii. 284)) to ˚ƺºØìÜåïı (archon 446/5), that the Panathenaic musical victor-lists available to later scholars began with the Periclean relaunch, and that therefore the Panathenaia of summer 446 was the first at which musical contests were held in the Odeion, which must therefore have been completed in the interval since the previous Great Panathenaia in 450.

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