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By William Shakespeare

Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wooden give you the fabrics for certainly one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable comedies. whilst 4 younger enthusiasts, fleeing the Athenian legislation and their very own mismatched rivalries, take to the wooded area of Athens, their lives develop into entangled with a feud among the King and Queen of the Fairies. a few Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the approaching marriage ceremony of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, by accident upload to the hilarity. the result's a wonderful mix-up of hope and attraction, merriment and farce, all touched by way of Shakespeare's inimitable imaginative and prescient of the fascinating courting among artwork and existence, desires and the waking world.

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19. 23) leads to the conclusion that the dismantling of the wooden Doric gateway, the construction of the new marble propylon to the east of the former, and the erection of the honorary monument of the Tragedians were successive stages of a single phase separated from one another only by brief spans of time. The excavation data support the view 101 102 103 104 Figs. 17. 21 (no. 1). Figs. 17. 21 (no. ). Figs. 17. 21 (nos. 3 and 4). No. 16 m in diam; no. 21 m in diam. It is very likely that it was a one-mast machine (monokolos).

Goette follows Fiechter’s view and suggests that this may not have been the original position of the honorary monument as the base’s pedestal consists of two parts or, alternatively, that its erection should be associated with some other victory of Astydamas’, or again that the statue was erected later as a posthumous honour42. This leaves aside the fact that the detailed information provided by the written sources speaks clearly and exclusively of the obviously notorious erection of the poet’s statue as a result of his dramatic victory of 340 with his play Parthenopaios43.

Period after Eubulus, ca. 336–32483. To Lycurgus have been attributed the completion of the expensive construction of the new monumental theatre, the first official copy of the dramatic works of the Three Tragedians, and the erection of posthumous bronze statues in their honour. A comparison of the monument of the Tragedians84 with that of Astydamas sheds light on interesting aspects both of the clash between nostalgic conservative and new oligarchic ideologies in Athens during the fourth century.

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