By Ashley Clements
Aristophanes' comedian masterpiece Thesmophoriazusae has lengthy been famous among the performs of previous Comedy for its deconstruction of tragic theatricality. This e-book unearths that this deconstruction is grounded no longer easily in Aristophanes' wider engagement with tragic realism. relatively, it demonstrates that from its outset Aristophanes' play attracts upon Parmenides' philosophical revelations touching on truth and phantasm, using Eleatic strictures and imagery to philosophize the theatrical state of affairs, criticize Aristophanes' poetic rival Euripides as promulgator of destructive deceptions, divulge the harmful complicity of Athenian theatre audiences in tragic phantasm, and articulate political suggestion to an viewers negotiating a interval of political turmoil characterised by means of deception and uncertainty (the months ahead of the oligarchic coup of 411 BC). The e-book thereby restores Thesmophoriazusae to its right prestige as a philosophical comedy and divulges hitherto unrecognized proof of Aristophanes' political use of Eleatic principles in the course of the overdue 5th century BC.