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Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae$
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Alan H. Sommerstein

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687075

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687075.001.0001

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Note on the Text

Note on the Text

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(p.38) Note on the Text
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Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae
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Alan H. Sommerstein

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856687075.003.0002

This chapter provides the notes on Aristophanes's play Ecclesiazusae (The Assemblywomen), describing its textual tradition as almost as meagre as that of Lysistrata. Michigan Papyrus 6649 was published in 1981 and was the first papyrus to be identified as coming from the Ecclesiazusae. The papyrus contains portions of 32 lines from the agon, confirming a conjecture of Bentley's at 652. Everything in Β‎ can be accounted for either as derived from Γ‎ as error or as conjecture. Β‎ is not a direct copy of Γ‎ since it emends to fill a lacuna when the text of Γ‎ is not defective. The intermediate copy was much more carelessly made in the second half of the play than in the first as errors are present in Β‎ and absent in Γ‎.

Keywords:   Ecclesiazusae, The Assemblywomen, Aristophanes, textual tradition, Michigan Papyrus 6649, agon, lacuna

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