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Aristophanes and Alcibiades: Echoes of Contemporary History in Athenian Comedy, written by Michael Vickers

In: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought
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Aristophanes and Alcibiades: Echoes of Contemporary History in Athenian Comedy. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2015. xxi + 241 pp. $112.00. isbn 9783110437539 (hbk).

Michael Vickers’ latest book completes something of a trilogy, complementing two earlier volumes, Pericles on Stage: Political Comedy in Aristophanes’ Early Plays (Austin, 1997) and Sophocles and Alcibiades: Echoes of Contemporary History in Athenian Drama (Ithaca, 2008). Anyone who has read either of the previous books or any of Vickers’ numerous articles will find the content and approach here quite familiar. Vickers champions the idea that Pericles, his partner Aspasia,

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