Abstract

This paper argues that the importance of the Procne scene in Aristophanes’ Birds extends well beyond any association of the nightingale with the official auletes of the production. Maintaining, contrary to some recent studies, that Procne is costumed with a beaked bird mask that is removed by Euelpides, the paper demonstrates that the removal of that mask is the final expression of an emergent mastery obtained by the human protagonists over the birds’ beaks, which are a focal point of costume interaction in the first half of the play.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2160-5157
Print ISSN
1040-3612
Pages
pp. 113-128
Launched on MUSE
2015-04-01
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2021
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