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Novelty

Stefan Tilg

in Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Love Novel

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199576944
eISBN:
9780191722486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576944.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter five tracks Chariton's awareness of literary novelty. First, it presents and interprets all passages in which Chariton explicitly claims to do something original. Then, it analyses all ... More


Persons, Problems, and Choices: The Progression of Events in the Iliad

Bruce Heiden

in Homer's Cosmic Fabrication: Choice and Design in the Iliad

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195341072
eISBN:
9780199867066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341072.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter analyzes the actions of the whole Iliad to address the question of whether or in what sense the Iliad could present a “single action” as Aristotle said it did. The analysis uses Pavel's ... More


Myth, Fiction, Innovation

Matthew Wright

in Euripides' Escape-Tragedies: A Study of Helen, Andromeda, and Iphigenia among the Taurians

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199274512
eISBN:
9780191706554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274512.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter analyses Euripides' use of myth in the escape-tragedies. It begins with a detailed discussion of the terms ‘myth’ and ‘plot’ in relation to Greek tragedy, and explores the precise extent ... More


Euripides’s Revolution under Cover: An Essay

Pietro Pucci

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501700613
eISBN:
9781501704055
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book explores Euripides's revolutionary literary art. While scholars have long pointed to subversive elements in Euripides's plays, this book goes a step further in identifying a Euripidean ... More


Myth, Politics, and Drama: Elements of Plot‐Composition in the Comedy of Cratinus

Emmanuela Bakola

in Cratinus and the Art of Comedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199569359
eISBN:
9780191722332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569359.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 4 looks at the complex texture of Cratinus' plots and his techniques of characterization. In Dionysalexandros, Plutoi, Seriphioi, and Nemesis, mythical, topical, and drama‐derived plot ... More


Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old Comedy: The Art of the Impossible

Ian Ruffell

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199587216
eISBN:
9780191731297
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587216.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The collision of politics and claims of political intervention with the fantastic, absurd and impossible is characteristic of the Athenian comic drama of the late fifth and early fourth ... More


Comic Motivation: Jokes and Episodic Plot

I. A. Ruffell

in Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old Comedy: The Art of the Impossible

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199587216
eISBN:
9780191731297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587216.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the relationship of jokes to plot and argues that Old Comedy is an example of a style of comedy where jokes are not additional to plot but are the fundamental ... More


Entering the Metaverse: Comic Self-Reference

I. A. Ruffell

in Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old Comedy: The Art of the Impossible

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199587216
eISBN:
9780191731297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587216.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the extent, range, and limits of comic self-reflexivity, which has recently been considered under the term ‘metatheatre’. The logical contradictions of such ... More


Nubian Land Sales as a Legal Genre

Giovanni R. Ruffini

in Medieval Nubia: A Social and Economic History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199891634
eISBN:
9780199980048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199891634.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, African History: BCE to 500CE, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter begins with a survey of the general format of Nubian land sales and a discussion of the purchase prices these land sales indicate for the plots of land at stake. It attempts to use the ... More


Childbearing Women: Birth and Family Crisis in Ancient Drama

EDITH HALL

in The Theatrical Cast of Athens: Interactions between Ancient Greek Drama and Society

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199298891
eISBN:
9780191711459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298891.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on a particular category of theatrical role — the woman who gives birth at around the dramatic moment that the play is set; birth plots appeared in all the ancient genres of ... More


Conclusion: The Iliad and the Odyssey

Tobias Myers

in Homer's Divine Audience: The Iliad's Reception on Mount Olympus

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198842354
eISBN:
9780191878350
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198842354.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Conclusion contrasts the Odyssey’s treatment of performance dynamics, which has been well studied, with that of the Iliad, the focus of the book. In doing so, it also sums up key phenomena that ... More


The Ethics of Revenge and the Meanings of the Odyssey

Alexander C. Loney

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190909673
eISBN:
9780190909703
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909673.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book is the first in-depth examination of revenge in the Odyssey. The principal revenge plot of the Odyssey—Odysseus’ surprise return to Ithaca after twenty years away and his vengeance on ... More


Narratology

Genevieve Liveley

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780199687701
eISBN:
9780191841842
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199687701.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book explores the extraordinary contribution that classical poetics has made to twentieth- and twenty-first-century theories of narrative. Its aim is not to argue that modern narratologies ... More


Plotting and Other People’s Possessions

Joseph Roisman

in The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247871
eISBN:
9780520932913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247871.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter examines the use of plotting and conspiracy in disputed inheritance and cases involving people's possessions in ancient Athens. It explains that plots to appropriate possessions are ... More


Legal Plots and Traps

Joseph Roisman

in The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247871
eISBN:
9780520932913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247871.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter focuses on legal plots and traps in the oratorical corpus in ancient Athens. It explains that plots aiming to defeat a legal action or to ensnare a rival in a legal trap were almost as ... More


Foreign and Domestic Plotters

Joseph Roisman

in The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247871
eISBN:
9780520932913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247871.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter focuses on allegations of foreign and domestic plotting in ancient Athens. It explains that the accusation of being an agent of a foreign power seems to have been commonplace among ... More


Conspiracy Theories, Ancient and Modern

Joseph Roisman

in The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247871
eISBN:
9780520932913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247871.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the rhetoric of conspiracy among Attic orators. It argues that accusations and fears of political plots should be viewed in the ... More


Zeus, the Poet, and Vision

Tobias Myers

in Homer's Divine Audience: The Iliad's Reception on Mount Olympus

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198842354
eISBN:
9780191878350
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198842354.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 1 argues that the Iliad’s proem anticipates certain key elements of the battlefield spectacle to come: its central action (warfare and the desecration of corpses), and its staging and ... More


Some Ancient Views on Narrative, its Structure and Working

René Nünlist

in Defining Greek Narrative

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748680108
eISBN:
9780748697007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680108.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

A prominent characteristic of Greek narrative is the critical literature that reflected on it. The scholia especially can fill out the brief treatment of the narrative genre in Aristotle's Poetics ... More


Plot and Action: Process vs. Resolution

A. K. Cotton

in Platonic Dialogue and the Education of the Reader

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199684052
eISBN:
9780191763571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684052.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers the dialogues’ handling of narratives, and the extent to which Plato’s works contain plots of a classical type. After surveying the different types of stories found in Plato’s ... More


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