Audience Response to Aristophanes’ Frogs in a Political and Cultural Perspective

Choose one scene from Aeschylus’ Oresteia or Aristophanes’ Frogs. Describe the scene from the perspective of its reception by the original audience. How might they have responded to it in the light of the culture and politics of the day; the current events that were unfolding; their attitudes towards women, foreigners, aristocrats etc.?

Also outline the scene in terms of its staging, how were the actors costumed, was music and dance used, what about the entrances and exits, the scene building and any stage machinery? Did the scene remind the audience about any moments of ritual practice, sacrifice or everyday life? What can we infer about how the scene may have been staged in order to learn more about the play and its reception?

When choosing your scene, think about a choral ode or moment in the play that has its own narrative arc. The length of the “scene” is immaterial in this respect. You can and should also use moments from the others plays to help substantiate your points.

Make sure you cite the play correctly, noting the translation edition you are citing and the translator. Use the line numbering (not page numbering) from that cited edition. Try to also cite at least five other sources of scholarship (these can include the introductions to your translations if you use them). Use the bibliography in your Aeschylus translation, Google Scholar, JSTOR, and the Bobst Library journal search resources.

Make sure you cite the book or journal not the internet address. Make sure you cite author, article title, journal title, volume, year, page numbers for journals and author, title, publisher, place of publication, year and page numbers for books and author, chapter title, book title, edited by, publisher, place of publication, year and page numbers for chapters in edited volumes.