Towards a Conclusion and a Way Forward



In Aristophanes’s comedy The Birds there is at one point a long list of the creatures which make up the chorus. One of the birds on this list is called a phlexis. No one now knows exactly what a phlexis is or was. Is it a bird that is still with us but has a different name? Is it a bird that is now extinct? Is it just one of Aristophanes’s made-up words? The probability is that it is either extinct or that we still see it but call it something else. It is unlikely that we will ever know the answer to this minor but engaging conundrum. Whatever the truth of the matter the phlexis does still have an existence of a kind in Aristophanes’s play and thus, if only as a textual mark or as an exotic costume in performance, we are still able to contemplate the phlexis.


Literary Representation Dietary Choice Literary Text Bird Song Representational Strategy 
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