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By Nikoletta Kanavou

Aristophanes, the distinguished Greek comedian poet, is legendary for his performs on modern subject matters, during which he routines fierce political satire. historic political comedy made abundant use of comically major right names - a lot as is the case in sleek satire. comedian names utilized by Aristophanes for his satirical goals (public figures, daily Athenians) give you the major topic of this publication, which addresses questions similar to why specific names are selected (or invented), and the way they relate to the plays?? characters and topics.

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However, in other names ending in –pokir, as well as in adjectives, -pokir always means ‘city’ (cf. rx¸pokir and %pokir, S. Ant. 370; aqh|pokir, Pi. O. 8; and, significantly, dijaiºpokir, Pi. P. 22. 2. These cannot be made to fit a single pattern; the first component is in some adjectival, in others verbal, cf. ). Dijaio- may be adjectival: ‘just’ (cf. e. g. Eupokir, Jkeºpokir, Jakk¸pokir, Meºpokir, )cahºpokir, where the first element is adjectival), so Dikaiopolis can mean ‘Just City’ (literally: ‘He of Just City’; see Edmunds 1980: 1, De Ste.

Leaves no doubt that these strange compounds are relevant to the war, probably denigrating war lovers. lah¸ô. Names starting with Waq- and Waiq- seem to have been popular in comedy (no fewer than seven different ones are handled in this book, including one female, see Index of Names), which could 159 Gilbert (1877: 156 – 7) assumed that they suggested the generals of 426 and the small success of the Aetolian expedition led by Demosthenes, but then proposed some rather shaky identifications, most of which have now been abandoned; see also notes below.

This has led to speculation that there was a special reason for its choice (cf. Olson 2002: 180 with references); but the Scholiast’s assumption of a pun on wyk|r (referring to Euripides’ fondness for crippled heroes, cf. 411) and van Leeuwen’s Wyk_dgr lack textual support. The spelling Wokk-dgr (MSS Wokk_dgr) is supported by inscriptional evidence. 90 The issue of its appropriateness is also vexed and is affected by different readings of the play. 92 However, the impression that it is a ‘correct’ name93 may emerge from a better understanding of Dikaiopolis’ character.

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