The Ancient Comedians

An exploration of the strategies used by comedy's ancient innovators.

Author: Clem Martini

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781770912731

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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An exploration of the strategies used by comedy's ancient innovators.

The Comedians

Author: Louis Couperus

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Category: Comedians

Page: 365

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The Comedian as Critic

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.

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.

History of the Literature of Ancient Greece

This was the reason why comedy continued so long an obscure amusement of
noisy rustics , which no archon ... actor in the plays of Cratinus , to the rank of a
distinguished poet : a career common to him with several of the ancient
comedians .

Author: Karl Otfried Müller

Publisher:

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Category: Greek literature

Page: 530

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A History of the Literature of Ancient Greece

This was the reason why comedy continued so long an obscure amusement of
noisy rustics , which no archon ... actor in the plays of Cratinus , to the rank of a
distinguished poet : a career common to him with several of the ancient
comedians .

Author: Karl Otfried Müller

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Greek literature

Page: 352

View: 473


The Ancient History of the Egyptians Carthaginians Assyrians Babylonians Medes and Persians Grecians and Macedonians

His face was smeared over with wine lees ; racier , and the genius of the ancient
comedy , which because no workman could be found , that would ven . was as
we see , a satire of the most poignant and severe ture to make a mask
resembling ...

Author: Charles Rollin

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Category: History, Ancient

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Cyclop dia of Universal History The ancient world

Visconti . Of all the Greek comedians of the old lies , its misdischool only one was
so fortunate as to have rected loves , its grotesque adventures - are subhis works
preserved to posterity - ARISTOPH stituted for the weightier vices of society .

Author: John Clark Ridpath

Publisher:

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Category: World history

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Barbarians in Greek Comedy

Long's major contention is that the Greek reaction to Oriental and other fore­ign influence can be seen in the treat­ment of barbarians in Greek comedy.

Author: Timothy Long

Publisher:

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Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

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Greeks divided the world into Greece vs. the land of foreigners, into Hellenes vs. barbarians, seeing their country as a bas­tion of culture, learning, and military might surrounded by a sea of the un­civilized. Long shows how comedy expressed the Greek feeling of superiority over the barbarians, how it dealt with the so-called barbarian-Hellene antithesis. The result is a contribution to the study of ancient Greek comedy?both the com­edy itself and the beliefs, the prejudices, the limitations, and the variety in the society from which the plays emerged. The comedians' responses to the barbar­ians ranged from idealization to neutral­ity to raw racism. Although contemptuous of barbarians, the Hellenes could not keep elements of foreign culture from entering their own. Long's major contention is that the Greek reaction to Oriental and other fore­ign influence can be seen in the treat­ment of barbarians in Greek comedy.

The Ancient World in the Cinema

ANCIENT COMEDY AND SATIRIZED ANCIENTS Perhaps we sometimes take
the ancient world too seriously. The clashing battles, complex politics, passionate
romances, profound theologies, and majestic locales were only one side of ...

Author: Jon Solomon

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300083378

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 364

View: 720

A comprehensive survey of films about the ancient world, from The Last Days of Pompeii to Gladiator, this text catalogues, describes and evaluates films set in ancient Greece and Rome, and films about Greek and Roman history and mythology.

Ancient Comedy and Reception

... This paper examines two recent adaptations that deploy distinctive, innovative
strategies for re-staging Aristophanic comedy. ... approaches to crafting politically
significant theater out of the raw material supplied by the ancient comedian.

Author: S. Douglas Olson

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 161451125X

Category: History

Page: 1097

View: 620

This wide-ranging collection, consisting of 50 essays by leading international scholars in a variety of fields, provides an overview of the reception history of a major literary genre from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present day. Section I considers how the 5th- and 4th-century Athenian comic poets defined themselves and their plays, especially in relation to other major literary forms. It then moves on to the Roman world and to the reception of Greek comedy there in art and literature. Section II deals with the European reception of Greek and Roman comedy in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern periods, and with the European stage tradition of comic theater more generally. Section III treats the handling of Greco-Roman comedy in the modern world, with attention not just to literary translations and stage-productions, but to more modern media such as radio and film. The collection will be of interest to students of ancient comedy as well as toall those concerned with how literary and theatrical traditions are passed on from one time and place to another, and adapted to meet local conditions and concerns.

Elegant Extracts from the Most Celebrated British Prose Writers

and on the Tattler , Spectator , and Guardian , display learning , research , a
cultivated taste , and an extensive acquaintance with old English literature .
COMEDY is sufficiently discriminated from Tragedy , by its general spirit and
strain .

Author: D. O'Sullivan

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Page: 778

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History of the Literature of Ancient Greece by K O M ller

This was the reason why comedy continued so long an obscure amusement of
noisy rustics , which no archon ... actor in the plays of Cratinus , to the rank of a
distinguished poet : a career common to him with several of the ancient
comedians .

Author:

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Page: 530

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The Ancient Classical Drama

From this Megarian Farce as a common starting - point Comedy spread to the
aristocratic west , and eastwards to the home of Democracy in Attica . The
aristocratic form was the first to reach maturity , and the second known species of
Comedy ...

Author: Richard Green Moulton

Publisher:

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Category: Classical drama

Page: 479

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A History of the Ancient World

It was just after the battle of Marathon that Comedy was revived at Athens by
Chionides (B.c. 488–7), but Cratinus, the first distinguished poet of the Old
Comedy, did not begin to exhibit till a generation later (B.C. 454); and ten years
later still, ...

Author: Philip Smith

Publisher:

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Category: History, Ancient

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Universal History from the Creation of the World to the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century

The mimes originally made a part of the ancient comedy , and the mimic actors
played or exhibited grotesque dances between the acts of the comedy . As this
entertainment was highly relished , the mimes began to rest on their own merits ...

Author: Lord Alexander Fraser Tytler Woodhouselee

Publisher:

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Category: World history

Page:

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History of Greek Literature

THE OLD COMEDY OF GREECE . Greek ALTHOUGH the name of Aristophanes
is one of the first , and by far the Origin of most illustrious , which we meet with in
the history of the ancient Comedy , Greek comedy , we must by no means ...

Author: Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Greek literature

Page: 396

View: 522


Encyclop dia metropolitana or System of universal knowledge

THE OLD COMEDY OF GREECE . Greek ALTHOUGH the name of Aristophanes
is one of the first , and by far the Origin of most illustrious , which we meet with in
the history of the ancient Comedy . Greek comedy , we must by no means ...

Author: Encyclopaedia

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Soliloquy in Ancient Comedy

Even Shakespeare's simple sign - board would have relieved the ancient
comedian marvelously , still without requiring the niusance of scenery and scene
- shifting , or overtaxing the imagination of the audience more than Sophocles ...

Author: John Dean Bickford

Publisher:

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Category: Greek drama (Comedy)

Page: 65

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The Three Great Temptations of Young Men

Paucas reperiunt poetæ comedias , ubi boni meliores fiant . ' * Poets have
composed few comedies by which good men are made better . Such is the
concession of one who had before him the whole range of ancient comedy , and
was ...

Author: Samuel Ware Fisher

Publisher:

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Category: Young men

Page: 336

View: 361


Lippincott s Monthly Magazine

Bobadil , in Ben Jonson's “ Every Man in his Humor , ” is , after Falstaff , the best
known of the characters which our comedy owes to the ancient type . But he is
derived from Thraso rather than from Pyrgopolinices . With Thraso discretion is
the ...

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