By S. Douglas Olson (ed.)
This assortment presents an summary of the reception heritage of an immense literary style from Greco-Roman antiquity to the current day. taking a look first at Athenian comedian poets and comedy within the Roman Empire, the quantity is going directly to speak about Greco-Roman comedy's reception in the course of the a long time. It concludes with a glance on the smooth period, taking into consideration literary translations and level productions in addition to sleek media similar to radio and picture.
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At Ap. ” It was Socrates’ speech—indeed, the relentlessness of it, which was a form of “bad” parrhêsia for the Athenians—that made him a dangerous man. When he imagines for a moment (Ap. 29c) what he might say if the court allowed him to go free on the condition that he give up the practice of philosophy—which is to say, that he accept restrictions on his speech—he regards this as unthinkable. ” In the two famous Platonic dialogues that address the charges explicitly, the Apology and the Crito, Socrates displays a complex and, to us, often frustrating attitude toward his speech and the constraints upon it.
The more real this threat became to him, as the indictments became increasingly costly to his wallet as well as his reputation, the more obsessed Bruce became with his those trying to silence him, and the more he worked this obsession into his act. Toward the end of his life, in fact, Bruce spent much of his time onstage rambling about his own research into First Amendment law. This did not play well as comedy,12 not because real life was crossing over into comic fiction and the line between the two had become blurred, but for the opposite reason, precisely because that line was now so sharply demarcated.
This is certainly what happened on the other occasion that epic records when Thersites’ parrhêsia took an unexpected turn, in the fragmentary Aethiopis, a narrative of events that occur after the Iliad. Here the ever-cantankerous Thersites engages in his final act of mockery, inciting his target Achilles to kill him in response. μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα Ἀχιλλεὺς εἰς Λέσβον πλεῖ, καὶ θύσας μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα Ἀχιλλεὺς εἰς Λέσβον πλεῖ, καὶ θύσας Ἀπόλλωνι καὶ Ἀρτέμιδι καὶ Λητοῖ καθαίρεται τοῦ φόνου ὑπ’ Ὀδυσσέως. Achilles killed Thersites after having been reviled by him and reproached for the love he allegedly felt for Penthesileia.