Professor Stratos E. Constantinidis Published in Dramaturgias
Professor Stratos E. Constantinidis' article "The Didymus-Herodicus Hypothesis: Did Aeschylus Choreograph and Perform the Puns in Persians?" was published in the Fall 2021 edition of Dramaturgias.
Like all of Aeschylus' plays, Persians is prone to puns. Puns in a play are part of the facts of fiction which create an illusion that sometimes distorts the facts of reality (history) for readers and audiences alike. Inspired by the opinions of Herodicus and Didymus about Persians, Constantinidis formulated two interdependent hypotheses to explain why the puns increase in number and frequency in the second half of this play, and why any translation that leaves out the figurative meanings of the Greek puns can only inspire an artless choreography. The puns in Persians are always intentional and serve dramaturgical (i.e., compositional and performative) goals.