Ancient Comedy and Reception

Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Henderson

Author: S. Douglas Olson

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 161451125X

Category: History

Page: 1097

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This collection provides an overview of the reception history of a major literary genre from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present day. Looking first at Athenian comic poets and comedy in the Roman Empire, the volume goes on to discuss Greco-Roman comedy’s reception throughout the ages. It concludes with a look at the modern era, taking into account literary translations and stage productions as well as modern media such as radio and film.
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The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy

Author: Michael Fontaine,Adele C. Scafuro

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199743541

Category: Drama

Page: 894

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The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction to and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From its birth in Greece to its end in Rome, from its Hellenistic to its Imperial receptions, no topic is neglected. The 41 essays offer cutting-edge guides through comedy's immense terrain.
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A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama

Author: Betine van Zyl Smit

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118347757

Category: Drama

Page: 624

View: 7976

A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama offers a series of original essays that represent a comprehensive overview of the global reception of ancient Greek tragedies and comedies from antiquity to the present day. Represents the first volume to offer a complete overview of the reception of ancient drama from antiquity to the present Covers the translation, transmission, performance, production, and adaptation of Greek tragedy from the time the plays were first created in ancient Athens through the 21st century Features overviews of the history of the reception of Greek drama in most countries of the world Includes chapters covering the reception of Greek drama in modern opera and film
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The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children's Literature

Heroes and Eagles

Author: Lisa Maurice

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789004298590

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 346

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'The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children's Literature' investigates the varying receptions of Ancient Greece and Rome in children's literature, covering the genres of historical fiction, fantasy, mystery stories and classical mythology, and considering the ideological manipulations in these works.
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Plautine Trends

Studies in Plautine Comedy and its Reception

Author: Ioannis N. Perysinakis,Evangelos Karakasis

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110368927

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 322

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Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres

Author: Emmanuela Bakola,Lucia Prauscello,Mario Telò

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107355508

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Recent scholarship has acknowledged that the intertextual discourse of ancient comedy with previous and contemporary literary traditions is not limited to tragedy. This book is a timely response to the more sophisticated and theory-grounded way of viewing comedy's interactions with its cultural and intellectual context. It shows that in the process of its self-definition, comedy emerges as voracious and multifarious with a wide spectrum of literary, sub-literary and paraliterary traditions, the engagement with which emerges as central to its projected literary identity and, subsequently, to the reception of the genre itself. Comedy's self-definition through generic discourse far transcends the (narrowly conceived) 'high-low' division of genres. This book explores ancient comedy's interactions with Homeric and Hesiodic epic, iambos, lyric, tragedy, the fable tradition, the ritual performances of the Greek polis, and its reception in Platonic writings and Alexandrian scholarship, within a unified interpretative framework.
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Athenian Comedy in the Roman Empire

Author: C. W. Marshall,Tom Hawkins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472588851

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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Athenian comedy is firmly entrenched in the classical canon, but imperial authors debated, dissected and redirected comic texts, plots and language of Aristophanes, Menander, and their rivals in ways that reflect the non-Athenocentric, pan-Mediterranean performance culture of the imperial era. Although the reception of tragedy beyond its own contemporary era has been studied, the legacy of Athenian comedy in the Roman world is less well understood. This volume offers the first expansive treatment of the reception of Athenian comedy in the Roman Empire. These engaged and engaging studies examine the lasting impact of classical Athenian comic drama. Demonstrating a variety of methodologies and scholarly perspectives, sources discussed include papyri, mosaics, stage history, epigraphy and a broad range of literature such as dramatic works in Latin and Greek, including verse satire, essays, and epistolary fiction.
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Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama

Author: Ben Akrigg,Rob Tordoff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107008557

Category: History

Page: 271

View: 5022

Greek comedy offers a unique insight into the reality of life as a slave, giving this disenfranchised group a 'voice'.
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Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004324658

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 8739

Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes provides a substantive account of the reception of Aristophanes (c. 446-386 BC) from Antiquity to the present.
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The Comedian as Critic

Greek Old Comedy and Poetics

Author: Matthew Wright

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1780933460

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Some of the best evidence for the early development of literary criticism before Plato and Aristotle comes from Athenian Old Comedy. Playwrights such as Eupolis, Cratinus, Aristophanes and others wrote numerous comedies on literary themes, commented on their own poetry and that of their rivals, and played around with ideas and theories from the contemporary intellectual scene. How can we make use of the evidence of comedy? Why were the comic poets so preoccupied with questions of poetics? What criteria emerge from comedy for the evaluation of literature? What do the ancient comedians' jokes say about their own literary tastes and those of their audience? How do different types of readers in antiquity evaluate texts, and what are the similarities and differences between 'popular' and 'professional' literary criticism? Does Greek comedy have anything serious to say about the authors and texts it criticizes? How can the comedians be related to the later literary-critical tradition represented by Plato, Aristotle and subsequent writers? This book attempts to answer these questions by examining comedy in its social and intellectual context, and by using approaches from modern literary theory to cast light on the ancient material.
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Greek and Roman Comedy

Translations and Interpretations of Four Representative Plays

Author: Shawn O'Bryhim

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292778821

Category: Drama

Page: 330

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Much of what we know of Greco-Roman comedy comes from the surviving works of just four playwrights—the Greeks Aristophanes and Menander and the Romans Plautus and Terence. To introduce these authors and their work to students and general readers, this book offers a new, accessible translation of a representative play by each playwright, accompanied by a general introduction to the author's life and times, a scholarly article on a prominent theme in the play, and a bibliography of selected readings about the play and playwright. This range of material, rare in a single volume, provides several reading and teaching options, from the study of a single author to an overview of the entire Classical comedic tradition. The plays have been translated for readability and fidelity to the original text by established Classics scholars. Douglas Olson provides the translation and commentary for Aristophanes' Acharnians, Shawn O'Bryhim for Menander's Dyskolos, George Fredric Franco for Plautus' Casina, and Timothy J. Moore for Terence's Phormio.
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Roman Error

Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome's Flaws

Author: Basil Dufallo

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198803036

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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In the eyes of posterity, ancient Rome is deeply flawed. The list of censures is long and varied, from political corruption and the practice of slavery, to religious intolerance and sexual immorality, yet for centuries the Romans' "errors" have not only provoked opprobrium, but also inspired wayward and novel forms of thought and representation, themselves errant in the broad sense of the Latin verb. This volume is the first to examine this phenomenon in depth, treating examples from history, philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, and art history, from antiquity to the present, to examine how the Romans' faults have become the basis for creative experimentation, for rejections of prevailing ideology, even for comedy and delight. In demonstrating that the reception of Rome's missteps and mistakes has been far more complex than simply denouncing them as an exemplum malum to be shunned and avoided, it argues compellingly that these "alternative" receptions are historically important and enduringly relevant in their own right. "Roman error" comes to signify both ancient misstep and something that we may commit when engaging with Roman antiquity, whereby reception may even be conceived as "error" of a kind: while the volume ably addresses popular fascination with a wide range of Roman vices, including violence, imperial domination, and decadence, it also asks us to consider what makes certain receptions matter, how they matter, and why.
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The Cambridge Companion to Greek Comedy

Author: Martin Revermann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139991531

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Greek comedy flourished in the fifth and fourth centuries BC, both in and beyond Athens. Aristophanes and Menander are the best-known writers whose work is in part extant, but many other dramatists are known from surviving fragments of their plays. This sophisticated but accessible introduction explores the genre as a whole, integrating literary questions (such as characterisation, dramatic technique or diction) with contextual ones (for example audience response, festival context, interface with ritual or political frames). In addition, it also discusses relevant historical issues (political, socio-economic and legal) as well as the artistic and archaeological evidence. The result provides a unique panorama of this challenging area of Greek literature which will be of help to students at all levels and from a variety of disciplines but will also provide stimulus for further research.
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The Acharnians

Author: Aristophanes

Publisher: Aristophanes

ISBN: 8893152088

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

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The Acharnians or Acharnians is the third play — and the earliest of the eleven surviving plays — by the Athenian playwright Aristophanes. It was produced in 425 BCE on behalf of the young dramatist by an associate, Callistratus, and it won first place at the Lenaia festival. The play is notable for its absurd humour, its imaginative appeal for an end to the Peloponnesian War and for the author's spirited response to condemnations of his previous play, The Babylonians, by politicians such as Cleon, who had reviled it as a slander against the Athenian polis. In The Acharnians, Aristophanes reveals his resolve not to yield to attempts at political intimidation. Along with the other surviving plays of Aristophanes, The Acharnians is one of the few - and oldest - surviving examples of a highly satirical genre of drama known as Old Comedy.
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Menander in Antiquity

The Contexts of Reception

Author: Sebastiana Nervegna

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110732825X

Category: History

Page: N.A

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The comic playwright Menander was one of the most popular writers throughout antiquity. This book reconstructs his life and the legacy of his work until the end of antiquity employing a broad range of sources such as portraits, illustrations of his plays, papyri preserving their texts and inscriptions recording their public performances. These are placed within the context of the three social and cultural institutions which appropriated his comedy, thereby ensuring its survival: public theatres, dinner parties and schools. Dr Nervegna carefully reconstructs how each context approached Menander's drama and how it contributed to its popularity over the centuries. The resultant, highly illustrated, book will be essential for all scholars and students not just of Menander's comedy but, more broadly, of the history and iconography of the ancient theatre, ancient social history and reception studies.
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Platonic Drama and Its Ancient Reception

Author: Nikos G. Charalabopoulos

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521871743

Category: History

Page: 331

View: 542

As prose dramatic texts, Plato's dialogues would have been read by their original audience as an alternative type of theatrical composition. The `paradox' of the dialogue form is explained by his appropriation of the discourse of theatre, the dominant public mode of communication of his time. The oral performance of his works is suggested both by the pragmatics of the publication of literary texts in the classical period and by his original role as a Socratic dialogue-writer and the creator of a fourth dramatic genre. Support comes from a number of pieces of evidence, from a statue of Sokrates in the Academy (fourth century BC) to a mosaic of Sokrates in Mytilene (fourth century AD), which point to a centuries-old tradition of treating the dialogues in the context of performance literature and testify to the significance of the image of `Plato the prose dramatist' for his original and subsequent audiences.
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No Laughing Matter

Studies in Athenian Comedy

Author: C. W. Marshall,George Kovacs

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1780930151

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 8531

A specially commissioned collection of papers covering widely read works, fragmentary plays and lost authors, giving a new perspective on the study of ancient comedy.
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Law and Drama in Ancient Greece

Author: N.A

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472519868

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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The relationship between law and literature is rich and complex. In the past three and half decades, the topic has received much attention from literary critics and legal scholars studying modern literature. Despite the prominence of law and justice in Ancient Greek literature, there has been little interest among Classical scholars in the connections between law and drama. This is the first collection of essays to approach Greek tragedy and comedy from a legal perspective. The volume does not claim to provide an exhaustive treatment of law and literature in ancient Greece. Rather it provides a sample of different approaches to the topic. Some essays show how knowledge of Athenian law enhances our understanding of individual passages in Attic drama and the mimes of Herodas and enriches our appreciation of dramatic techniques. Other essays examine the information provided about legal procedure found in Aristophanes' comedies or the views about the role of law in society expressed in Attic drama. The collection reveals reveal how the study of law and legal procedure can enhance our understanding of ancient drama and bring new insights to the interpretation of individual plays. Contributors: Roger Brock (Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Leeds); Chris Carey (Professor of Greek, University College, London); Maria de Fatima Silva (Professor of Classics, University of Coimbra); Maria do Ceu Fialho (Professor of Classics, University of Coimbra); Edward M. Harris (Professor of Greek History, Durham University); Delfim F. Leao (Professor of Classics, University of Coimbra); Douglas M. MacDowell (Professor Emeritus of Greek, University of Glasgow); F.S. Naiden (Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); P.J. Rhodes (formerly Professor of Ancient History, now Honorary Professor, University of Durham); Alan H. Sommerstein (Professor of Greek, University of Nottingham).
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Roman Satire and the Old Comic Tradition

Author: Jennifer L. Ferriss-Hill

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316240789

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Quintilian famously claimed that satire was tota nostra, or totally ours, but this innovative volume demonstrates that many of Roman satire's most distinctive characteristics derived from ancient Greek Old Comedy. Jennifer L. Ferriss-Hill analyzes the writings of Lucilius, Horace, and Persius, highlighting the features that they crafted on the model of Aristophanes and his fellow poets: the authoritative yet compromised author; the self-referential discussions of poetics that vacillate between defensive and aggressive; the deployment of personal invective in the service of literary polemics; and the abiding interest in criticizing individuals, types, and language itself. The first book-length study in English on the relationship between Roman satire and Old Comedy, Roman Satire and the Old Comic Tradition will appeal to students and researchers in classics, comparative literature, and English.
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A Handbook to Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe

Author: Zara Martirosova Torlone,Dana LaCourse Munteanu,Dorota Dutsch

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111883271X

Category: History

Page: 632

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This is the first comprehensive English language study of the reception of classical antiquity in Eastern and Central Europe. This groundbreaking work offers detailed case studies of thirteen countries that are fully contextualized historically, locally, and regionally. Written and edited by an international group of seasoned and up-and-coming scholars with vast subject-matter experience and expertise, it contains essays from leading scholars in the field provide broad insight into the reception of the classical world within specific cultural and geographical areas and discusses the reception of many aspects of Greco-Roman heritage, such as prose/philosophy, poetry, material culture. It offfers broad and significant insights into the complicated engagement many countries of Eastern and Central Europe have had and continue to have with Greco-Roman antiquity.
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