Comments on Plutarch’s Essay On Isis and Osiris

[This “born digital” commentary has not yet appeared in print. This 6th edition is dated 08.28.2013. For previous editions, see the footnote.] [*] This compressed and selective commentary, with special reference to wording about the sōma ‘body’ of Osiris, features summaries, paraphrases, and quotations of… Read more

Ritual and Performativity: The Chorus in Old Comedy

In this groundbreaking study, Anton Bierl uses recent approaches in literary and cultural studies to investigate the chorus of Old Comedy. After an extensive theoretical introduction that also serves as a general introduction to the dramatic chorus from the comic vantage point, a close reading of Aristophanes’s Thesmophoriazusae shows that ritual is indeed present… Read more