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People are So Stupid [Jul. 11th, 2005|07:29 pm]
We're Classicists and we're bitter...
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[phasma_aphanes]
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This guy is an idiot. Most of extant tragedy was written before Aristotle 'came up' with tragedy and comedy. WTF? What does he mean by 'came up' with tragedy and comedy?

"The Persians is the oldest play that's survived," Ridgely added. "It's usually lumped with the other tragedies, and it's certainly dark, but Aeschylus wrote it before Aristotle came along and came up with tragedy and comedy so it really doesn't fit well into either one."

Read the entire article: Aeschylus' War Play, 'The Persians,' Is Now a Comedy with Songs
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From: phasma_aphanes
2005-07-11 04:37 pm (UTC)
well, i will admit that all was a bit of an exaggeration. i mean, there is Seneca and the comic poets Menander and Terence and Plautus. But come on. Aristotle 'came up' with tragedy and comedy? anf these people write and direct plays?
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[User Picture]From: adrexia
2005-07-11 04:39 pm (UTC)
It looks like he has no respect for the original play either. He even seems a little resentful about it.

Maybe he drew the play out of a hat...
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[User Picture]From: adrexia
2005-07-11 04:41 pm (UTC)
Our challenge was that Aeschylus' version is a bit of a snooze fest.

That is a little arrogant.
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From: phasma_aphanes
2005-07-11 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'll admit that, even though i work on Persians, it is not something i readily assign to my greek lit and greek drama students. its no Agamemnon. But it is really a fascinating play to work on from a research perspective...
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From: phasma_aphanes
2005-07-11 04:48 pm (UTC)
it is something of a travesty. especially since, here in DC, they are reviving the Auletta version which was first produced by Peter Sellars back during the first Gulf War. It is a very good adaptation and respectful to the original (though it does move the play from being patriotic to anti-war; amd of course, some challenge the patriotic interpretation of the original).
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