Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies. Autumn, 1995, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p231, 31 p.
Comedy -- Criticism and interpretation
Aristophanes' comedy, 'Plutus,' is often derided as an inferior play and a reflection of his waning talent. Plutus is even considered as the first example of Middle Comedy and a forerunner of New Comedy themes. However, closer analysis of the play shows that it reflects the Dionysiac festival with all its tensions, which are implicitly recognized by the comedy. Plutus thus follows the lines of Old Comedy, where the comic genre is discussed with its potential and limitations in a bid to form a unique poetic voice.