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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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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

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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