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In times of struggle and hardship people are constantly looking for ways to escape their reality They have found release from their stress in practices such as exercise therapy and meditation In the ancient times of Greece and Rome life for the citizens was strict and sometimes harsh During these times of struggle people searched for ways to vacation from the laws that bore down upon them One of the ways they accomplished this was through art Art was a way to express true feeling and emotion and unite a sometimes-divided population Drama served as one escape for the citizens in Greece and Rome Attending the plays written by Euripides Aristophanes and Plautus gave the people time to get away from their worries and chores and drift into a world of drama A world where laws can be broken women can have intelligence and slaves outwit their masters One of the reasons the plays written by the authors of this time were so popular was because people were able to leave reality behind and slip into a world where none of the truths they held proved to be true A famous playwright during ancient Greece was Aristophanes During his lifetime there was extreme political turbulence Many of his plays reflect the issues of this time and the social concerns However instead of presenting these matters seriously and appropriately he does it in a jovial and satirical manner His sole purpose in this is to take a bad situation and make it humorous for the audience It has often been said especially in recent years that in Aristophanes political and social thought is purely incidental and always subordinated to the desire to amuse his audience and win the prizeCambridge 38 In many of his plays he mimics political situations and figures and the outcome is very humorous The audience is able to relax and laugh about the problems facing Greece Many elements in
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