By Andreas Willi

Through studying linguistic version in Aristophanic comedy, Andreas Willi opens up a brand new viewpoint on intra-dialectal variety in Classical Attic Greek. A consultant diversity of registers, technical languages, sociolects, and (comic) idiolects is defined and analyzed. Stylistic and statistical observations are mixed and supplemented via typological comparisons with fabric drawn from sociolinguistic examine on sleek languages. The ensuing portrayal of the Attic dialect deepens our realizing of assorted socio-cultural phenomena mirrored in Aristophanes' work.

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Thesm. 352 352a Thesm. 331. Pa 1322-30 is, strictly speaking, only a description of a prayer. Religious Registers 17 officious ring. With first-person verbs they came to be used by public orators as ceremonial introductions to their speeches (cf. Eccl. 36 As a private prayer, Cleon-Paphlagon's lines at Eq. ev SetTTTOiVj) Adrjvair] . . ai 'I pray . . to OUT Lady Athena') are therefore exceptional and characterize the speaker as bombastic (cf. the 'hymnic' epithet peSeovaa 'sovereign' and the epic vocalism in Both types of invocation are exactly matched in hymns.

1004-5 suggests that no-ma is a 'default epithet'; cf. for araf and Eur. Hipp. 88; Hemberg (1955) 9-12; Pleket (1981) 174-6. Scanoiva, when not applied to Kore, may be a recent development since it is first attested in Euripides: Ausfeld (1903) 521; cf. Usener (1929) 222—5; Henrichs (19760) 253—66. 52 Cf. Pulleyn(iQ97) 149. 53 In Ran. 851 and PI. Euthd. 2g6d 7roAuTi)n)Tos is ironically applied to humans (as is J> am (not: araf) in Eq. 1298): cf. Dover (1993) 299; Radermacher (1954) 186; Kleinknecht (1937) 23-4 n.

369-70). It is rare to ask for 'salvation' instead (Vesp. 393; Ran. 82 The concept of 8eoi ETTTJ/COOI is well known, and eirriKoos may be a piece of religious terminology, but in Aristophanes it occurs only in a hymn (Thesm. HS7). 83 For (d), (Thesm. 369) is isolated and reXew and epic xpaivw are absent. ' once summarizes a list of preceding wishes (Pax 1016), but elsewhere the concrete requests stand alone. Only re'Aeos 'successful' (* re'Aeos 'entire', as in Lys. 104) shows a remarkable repetition in prayer contexts (Thesm.

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