Slaves and politics in early Aristophanic comedy

S. Douglas Olson

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This chapter is devoted to an analysis of the roles slaves play in Aristophanes’ earliest surviving comedies, from the 420s bce. My larger interest is in the connections between slavery and politics, and in particular in the poet’s use of the master–slave relationship to explain how the Athenian state functions (or ought to function). But my initial focus is on the ways ordinary Aristophanic masters and slaves interact, and on the consequences for the households they inhabit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSlaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780511919985
ISBN (Print)9781107008557
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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