Wagner, Richard

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The composer Richard Wagner (1813–83) was a lifelong reader of Greek literature, especially drama, and regarded Aristophanes as ‘the greatest Greek genius’. His early theoretical works show the influence of Frogs, and he once wrote a short comic libretto in which the Aristophanic inspiration was explicit. The influence of the comedian has also been detected in some of Wagner’s major operas, especially Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy
EditorsAlan H. Sommerstein
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9781118605042
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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