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Demosthenes, Parody and the Frogs

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The present paper attempts to show a textual contact between Demosthenes and Old Comedy in Or. 18.267 and 19.245: discussion of the two passages (the latter one plays an important role in the frame of the ancient rhetorical theory of parody) will be followed by the suggestion of a deeper link between a section of the False Embassy and Aristophanes' Frogs, in terms not only of verbal echoes but also of common rhetorical motifs and strategy.

Affiliations: 1: Università Ca' Foscari, Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Antichità, Dorsoduro 3484/D, 30123 Venezia, Italia;, Email:


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