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Eupolis, Poet of Old Comedy$
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Ian C. Storey

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259922.001.0001

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Eupolis and Comedy

Eupolis and Comedy

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Eupolis, Poet of Old Comedy

Ian C. Storey (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins by explaining that of the fourteen secure plays, eleven have plural titles and that six of the plays that have plural titles denote the chorus. It then examines how the women were regarded in the comedies created by Eupolis. It evaluates several plays where Eupolis used popular intellectuals as a character and included their ideas in his creations. It presents several proofs when Eupolis and Aristophanes mocked and made fun of Sokrates. It discusses that Prospaltioi, Astrateutoi, and Taxiarchoi are anti-war plays created by Eupolis. It argues that Eupolis also wrote political plays and that assumption was based on the titles of his plays such as Poleis, Marikas, Chrysoun Genos, and Demoi. It also determines the comic structure of the plays created by Eupolis. It describes Eupolis as a Poet of Old Comedy and mentions some of his unique traits.

Keywords:   Baptai, Demoi, Kolakes, Prospaltioi, Astrateutoi, Taxiarchoi, politics, Sokrates

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