Nostalgia Inverted: The Golden Age Motif in Strepsiades’ Pre-Dramatic History

§i. Lines 43—45 of Aristophanes’ Clouds narrate events which occur before the play begins. Nevertheless, they prove to be significant instances of the playwright’s characteristic humor and dramatic construction. Within the passage, Strepsiades’ ἥδιστος βίος (43) evokes a peaceful Golden Age as traditionally conceived by the Greeks. At the same time, what Dover calls his … Read moreNostalgia Inverted: The Golden Age Motif in Strepsiades’ Pre-Dramatic History

Abstract — Nostalgia Inverted: the Golden Age Motif in Strepsiades’ Pre-Dramatic History

K.J. Dover sketches the protagonists of Aristophanic comedy as figures of opposition who jeer against social custom, myth, public figures, and “all those who in one way or another are superior to [them]selves.”[1] My research applies Dover’s claim to lines 41-8 of Clouds, positing that Strepsiades’ “ἥδιστος βίος” (43) specifically reflects the traditional longing for … Read moreAbstract — Nostalgia Inverted: the Golden Age Motif in Strepsiades’ Pre-Dramatic History

Elizabeth Grace Ridgeway

Nostalgia Inverted: The Golden Age Motif in Strepsiades’ Pre-Dramatic History K.J. Dover describes Aristophanes’ protagonists as figures of opposition who jeer against social custom, myth, public figures, and ‘all those who in one way or another are superior to themselves’ (Dover 1994:19). This paper applies Dover’s claim to Clouds, lines 43—45, where intricate perspectives on … Read moreElizabeth Grace Ridgeway