Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2021

Department

Classical Studies

Language

English

Publication Title

Classical Philology

Abstract

Two ancient traditions interpret the saying, “nothing to do with Dionysus.” One holds that disgruntled theatergoers shouted the phrase during the performances of tragedies. The second maintains that the phrase originated at a painting contest. I argue that this second tradition is more plausible on philological, artistic, and historical grounds. As a result, the proverb has minimal value for determining the early development of tragedy but is helpful for illustrating the nature of art criticism in antiquity.

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DOI

10.1086/714508

Available for download on Friday, July 01, 2022

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