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Footnotes to Aristophanes
On Radio 4 Edith Hall has just been talking as if everything the character Aristophanes says in The Symposium was said by the real Aristophanes - with no hint of a caveat. I'm no classics professor (obvs) but I assumed Plato made it up? (Aristophanes wasn't around to sue by then, after all.) Does this mean that in future years we must expect every word spoken by a "real" person in novels and biopics to be treated as genuine by future Ediths Hall?

This seems such a basic and obvious error that I wonder whether I'm missing something.
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This seems such a basic and obvious error that I wonder whether I'm missing something.

I'll try to see what she says about Aristophanes elsewhere. She likes him—she says that if she could bring one person back from the ancient world, "Aristophanes would be it. She would throw him a symposium.

(I think I've read her. The name looks familiar. I hate feeling this is not my world anymore, but it hasn't been for nine years; that's even longer than the usual mythic standard.)

Edited at 2015-07-28 04:44 pm (UTC)

She's a pretty well known media don in the UK - probably second only to Mary Beard in classics.

I remember her playing Athene to her brother's Ajax at Oxford in the 1980s.

Her name sounds like an Oxford college! I'd like to think that her brother was called Campion.

I think he was Lindsay.

Ah, then he is merely a hall of residence at Keele.

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