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Phallikon

Bierl, Anton. (2019) Phallikon. In: The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy. New York, p. 694.

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Abstract

A simple ritual song addressed to the phallus, in the context of Dionysiac festivals, in conjunction with other forms of typically Dionysiac inversion and otherness (mockery, obscene jokes) and with characteristic choral self-reference. Aristotle sees in the phallikon, or in improvisations by the lead singer, the origin of comedy. Besides two Hellenistic examples of the genre preserved by Semos, we have a song integrated into the action of Acharnians. In the bourgeoisified New Comedy obscenity disappears, and the phallikon disappears too.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Altertumswissenschaften > Fachbereich Gr├Ązistik
UniBasel Contributors:Bierl, Anton F.H.
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Wiley
ISBN:978-1-118-60504-2
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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