The World of Aristophanes

The scene of power. Semantics of space in Aristophanic drama

Francesco Morosi
University of Pisa
Published October 12, 2021


As last century’s theatre studies have shown, space is one of the fundamental elements of any theatrical act. As such, from a semiotic perspective space bears specific meanings as much as any other element in a play. This paper provides a general overview of both the syntax and the semantics of space in Aristophanic comedy, and aims at explaining why, and how, space can be crucial to a new interpretation of Aristophanic drama.