By Sophie Kinsella, Madeleine Wickham

Liz and Jonathan are in trouble.They can't promote their previous house.Here they're, caught with mortgages, mounting bills and a depressing adolescent daughter who hadn't desired to circulation anyway.Then it kind of feels Marcus Witherstone will resolve all their problems.He is familiar with the right tenants from London who will lease their outdated condominium - glamorous PR woman Ginny and almost-famous Piers. every thing goes to be OK.

Or is it? As Marcus begins to get entangled with Liz, whereas her teenage daughter develops a fondness for the lodgers, it sounds as if a few deceptions are too on the subject of home...

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An inscription of 418 shows that two tragedians produced two plays each, while another of 363 gives the number of tragic poets as three. For comedy the hypotheses to Acharnians (425-L), Knights (424-L), Wasps (422-L), and Frogs (405-L) record only three plays. Evidence from two Roman inscriptions suggests that five comedies were performed at the Lenaia before and after the Peloponnesian War (431–404). The Rural Dionysia was celebrated in the various local communities (“demes,” 139 in the classical period) of Attica, and there is considerable evidence for the performance of dithyramb, tragedy, and comedy in at least fifteen of the demes, principally the larger of them such as Acharnai, Eleusis, and Ikarion.

For I know that no harm can come from a joke. At various places in the plays the gods and rituals of fifth-century Athens can be seen behind and beneath the texts, and one of the great issues of tragedy is the relationship between humans and gods. But Greek drama, like Greek myth in general, is more about human men and women.

These include traitors to the state, those who like bad jokes, and: 24 ASPECTS OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA the politician who nibbles away at the poets’ pay, just because he was made fun of in the ancestral rites of Dionysos. Clearly the politician in question (identified by the scholiast as Archinos or Agyrrhios) had proposed reducing the misthos (“pay”) of the poets, no doubt because of economic constraints. The comic poet interprets this proposal as motivated by personal reasons, but it is an unequivocal statement that the poets did receive some financial support from the state.

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