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The (alleged) sacrifice and procession at Rural Dionysia in Aristophanes' Acharnians

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The following article challenges the traditional reading of the Rural Dionysia scene in Aristophanes' Acharnians. It is often assumed that the text contains a reference to an animal sacrifice, which is arguably absent from this comedy. Moreover, the vast majority of scholars claim that the lines 244 ff. were uttered after the procession of worshippers reached the altar in the orchestra. However, as I argue, these verses were most probably spoken by the characters in front of the door of the comic hero's house and only subsequently did the procession form and move towards the altar.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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