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Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old ComedyThe Art of the Impossible$
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Ian Ruffell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587216.001.0001

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Conclusion: Politics, Ideology, and Old Comedy

Conclusion: Politics, Ideology, and Old Comedy

(p.427) 10 Conclusion: Politics, Ideology, and Old Comedy
Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old Comedy

I. A. Ruffell

Oxford University Press

This conclusion brings together the three strands of the book and their related forms of anti-realism to argue that Old Comedy constructs its arguments, involves its audience, and seeks to maintain its cultural authority through the impossible and absurd. Humour and impossibility are central to how Old Comedy makes its political and ideological interventions.

Keywords:   anti-realism, impossibility, humour, politics, ideology

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