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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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Commentary

Commentary

Chapter:
(p.137) Commentary
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Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae
Author(s):

Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856687075.003.0010

This chapter provides the commentary for Aristophanes's Ecclesiazusae or The Assemblywomen. It begins with the definition of the name Praxagora, which means something like “she who is effective in public-meetings.” The audience will first leam that this is the heroine's name just before the scene of the Assembly rehearsal begins. It also analyzes the idea of “send forth the flaming signal,” which is based on the use of fire-signals of various kinds for military purposes. The chapter talks about the Scira, a women's festival in honour of Demeter and Kore that was held on the 12th of the month Scirophorion. The women are imagined as having used this festival, when they assembled together with no men present, to hatch a conspiracy.

Keywords:   Ecclesiazusae, The Assemblywomen, Aristophanes, Praxagora, Assembly rehearsal

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