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Old Comedians on Old Comedy

Alan H. Sommerstein

in Talking about Laughter: And Other Studies in Greek Comedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199554195
eISBN:
9780191720604
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554195.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines what the scripts of Old Comedy have to say about the art of Old Comedy itself. So far as concerns the technique of the genre, all its practitioners seem to attach value to ... More


Eupolis in Antiquity

Ian C. Storey

in Eupolis, Poet of Old Comedy

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199259922
eISBN:
9780191717420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259922.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines how popular Eupolis is among famous Old Comedy writers. It tries to evaluate these writers' works, and determines how often they make citations of Eupolis' works into their own ... More


The ‘War’ between the Poets

Ian C. Storey

in Eupolis, Poet of Old Comedy

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199259922
eISBN:
9780191717420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259922.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter begins by comparing Eupolis and Aristophanes, the latter being the only extant poet of Old Comedy. It differentiates the fragmentary remains of Eupolis from Aristophanes's. It discusses ... More


Introduction

Alan H. Sommerstein

in Talking about Laughter: And Other Studies in Greek Comedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199554195
eISBN:
9780191720604
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554195.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Introduction outlines the chapters that follow, which contain a sample of the author's work in article form on Old Comedy over the last few decades. The Introduction also explains the sequence of ... More


Introduction

Ian C. Storey

in Eupolis, Poet of Old Comedy

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199259922
eISBN:
9780191717420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259922.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter describes Eupolis as a forgotten master of Old Comedy, ranked with Kratinos and Aristophanes. It attempts to discover Eupolis' profile and compares him with other well-known poets. It ... More


Female Personifications of Poetry in Old Comedy

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/9780199298891.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the way in which the poets of Old Comedy — Cratinus and Pherecrates as well as Aristophanes — required actors to impersonate literary abstractions that were gendered feminine, ... More


Introduction

Anna Peterson

in Laughter on the Fringes: The Reception of Old Comedy in the Imperial Greek World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190697099
eISBN:
9780190697129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190697099.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

As prelude to the discussions of the six chapters that follow, this introduction gives an overview of the evidence for the accessibility of Old Comedy—beyond Aristophanes’s extant plays—during the ... More


Causal Sequences and Other Patterns

M. S. SILK

in Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199253821
eISBN:
9780191712227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253821.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that the Aristophanic plot-line often provides an impression of realist continuity because there are innumerable moments, or miniature sequences, of consequential action. It ... More


Eupolis, Poet of Old Comedy

Ian C. Storey

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199259922
eISBN:
9780191717420
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259922.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Eupolis (fl. 429–411 BC) was one of the best-attested of Aristophanes' rivals, and a major figure in the history of Athenian comedy. No complete work by this lost master has survived, but of his ... More


Old Comedy, Classical Satyr Drama, and Euripides’ Alcestis

Carl A. Shaw

in Satyric Play: The Evolution of Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199950942
eISBN:
9780190222949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950942.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Comic dramatists of fifth-century Athens integrated a number of humorous (sometimes non-Athenian) modes of performance into their plays, which led to the decline of many of these earlier pre-comic ... More


Post-Classical Satyr Play and Old Comedy

Carl A. Shaw

in Satyric Play: The Evolution of Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199950942
eISBN:
9780190222949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950942.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

From the second half of the fourth century through the first half of the third, satyr dramatists employed characteristic elements of Old Comedy in their satyric performances: looser metrical rules, ... More


Aristophanes and Old Comedy: Caricature and Personal Attack

Stephen V. Tracy

in Pericles: A Sourcebook and Reader

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520256033
eISBN:
9780520943629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256033.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

In Athens during Pericles' time, one of the major forms of entertainment was the presentation at state expense of comedies that bristled with explicit attacks on public figures, who were often ... More


Tragedy, Comedy, and Euripides

Isabelle Torrance

in Metapoetry in Euripides

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199657834
eISBN:
9780191745393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657834.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter contextualizes the metapoetic strategies of Euripides more broadly within the poetics of fifth‐century drama. It is shown that Aeschylus and Sophocles used some of the same techniques as ... More


Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: "Affect, Aesthetics, and the Canon"

Mario Telò

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226309699
eISBN:
9780226309729
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226309729.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Aristophanes, whose eleven surviving plays are all that remain of Old Comedy, has been stereotyped since ancient times as the poet who brought order and stability to this rowdy theatrical genre. But ... More


Nikarkhos

GIDEON NISBET

in Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire: Martial's Forgotten Rivals

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263370
eISBN:
9780191718366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263370.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter begins with a close reading of Nikarkhos' longest extant epigram, an elaborate sexual and scatological parody of Homer known in a papyrus copy from Oxyrhynchus as well as from the ... More


Laughter on the Fringes: The Reception of Old Comedy in the Imperial Greek World

Anna Peterson

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190697099
eISBN:
9780190697129
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190697099.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book examines the impact that Athenian Old Comedy had on Greek writers of the Imperial era. It is generally acknowledged that Imperial-era Greeks responded to Athenian Old Comedy in one of two ... More


Audience Phthonos in Old Comedy

Ed Sanders

in Envy and Jealousy in Classical Athens: A Socio-Psychological Approach

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199897728
eISBN:
9780199356973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199897728.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The chapter opens with an analysis of the emotional dynamics behind the text-audience relationship in Old Comedy. Plato’s suggestion (in the Philebus) that we go to the comic theatre to see our ... More


Metapoetry in Euripides

Isabelle Torrance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199657834
eISBN:
9780191745393
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657834.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book is the first detailed study of self-conscious aspects of Euripidean drama. This book argues that Euripides employed a complex system of metapoetic devices in order to draw the audience’s ... More


Envy and Jealousy in Classical Athens: A Socio-Psychological Approach

Ed Sanders

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199897728
eISBN:
9780199356973
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199897728.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Emotions vary between cultures, especially in their eliciting conditions, social acceptability, forms of expression, and co-extent of terminology. This book examines the sensation, expression, and ... More


The Moral and Literary Character of Hippias in Plato’s Hippias Major

Franco V. Trivigno

in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy: Volume 50

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198778226
eISBN:
9780191830105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778226.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This paper analyses the portrayal of Hippias as a comic impostor, or ἀλαζών‎, in Plato’s Hippias Major. First, the comedy involves an appropriate attack on Hippias, a self-ignorant pretender to ... More


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