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impossible to relate a text to its context of utterance alone (for the modern interpreter is also a context).
46.
Goldhill 1990, 115. Some of the statements that Goldhill makes in this paragraph suggest that he means to deny only that we can know how all members, or any individual member, of an audience responded; but who pretends otherwise? At fault here may be the assumption that talking about an audience's reaction implies "that an audience for a drama has only a uniform, homogeneous collective identity or response . . ."--"an intolerably naive idea," as Goldhill says. It would be equally naive to suppose that the Athenians had only a uniform, homogeneous collective ideology, but it does not follow that we can dismiss Goldhill's references to Athenian ideology, which only a caricaturist would interpret as implying such homogeneity.
47.
Goldhill 1991, 201.
48.
ibid., 174.
49.
ibid., 201.
50.
Ibid.
51.
Ibid., 188.
52.
ibid.
53.
Goldhill 1991, 201, quoting Heath 1987, 8.1 should perhaps have stated explicitly (what I take as axiomatic on hermeneutic grounds: it is one manifestation of the hermeneutic circle) that "external" and "independent" are relative terms: our reading of the context of comedy is open to influence from, even though it is not wholly dependent on, our reading of comedy itself.
54.
Cf. note 18 above; and see further Carey 1994, 80-83.

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