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Conclusion: Politics, Ideology, and Old Comedy

I. A. Ruffell

in Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old Comedy

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587216
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587216.003.0010

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

Conclusion: Politics, Ideology, and Old Comedy

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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

Chapter.  1528 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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