Aristophanes in Israel: Comedy, theatricality, politics

Nurit Yaari*

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For the last 65 years, Israelis and Palestinians have lived in the tragic reality of war: two peoples living in the same land that both call "home," sharing fragments of everyday existence yet diverging in religion, history and interpretation of historical events. In this article, I present five Israeli theater productions based on three of Aristophanes' comedies: Acharnians, Peace and Lysistrata. Analyzing these performances within Israel's socio-political context enables me to examine how the dialogue that Israeli playwrights, directors, stage designers and actors carry on with Aristophanes enabled them to take an active part in ongoing political debates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAncient Comedy and Reception
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honor of Jeffrey Henderson
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781614511250
ISBN (Print)9781614511663
StatePublished - 12 Dec 2013


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