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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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Weird, isn't it? I can only imagine that a stern producer warned her that there wasn't space to talk about such questions., but then she did seem to have plenty of time to discuss less obviously relevant things.

That was my first thought when I read your post. But what she actually says is quite categorical: there was a dinner party, and this is what happened there.

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