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 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.

Ancient Comedy and Reception

53 On the whole, however, the influence of Attic comedy on Petronius seems
indirect. Even the more aggressive, abusive humor of the Satyrica, which could
be said to have affinities with Old Comedy, could in fact be traced back to that
original ...

Author: S. Douglas Olson

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 161451125X

Category: History

Page: 1097

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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.

Eupolis Poet of Old Comedy

The last passage. from the scholia to Dionysios Thrax. is a variant of the
preceding. whereby only Kratinos is the exemplar of this Old and unrefined
comedy. and Eupolis follows Aristophanes into something newer and other than
the Old: S1d ...

Author: Ian Christopher Storey

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199259922

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 441

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Eupolis (fl. 429-411 BC) was one of the best-attested and most important of Aristophanes' rivals. No complete play has survived, but more than 120 lines of his best-known comedy, Demoi (The Demes), are extant. This book provides a new translation of all the remaining fragments and an essay on each lost play, as well as discussions of Eupolis' career and the sort of comedy that this prizewinning poet created.

Truth and History in the Ancient World

Literary theorists have taken over such concerns with naming.29 Ancient
comedians and philosophers likewise focused on the consistency of properties
attached to names across worlds. In a famous passage of Antiphanes' Poiesis,
from ...

Author: Lisa Hau

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317558057

Category: History

Page: 288

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This collection of essays investigates histories in the ancient world and the extent to which the producers and consumers of those histories believed them to be true. Ancient Greek historiographers repeatedly stressed the importance of truth to history; yet they also purported to believe in myth, distorted facts for nationalistic or moralizing purposes, and omitted events that modern audiences might consider crucial to a truthful account of the past. Truth and History in the Ancient World explores a pluralistic concept of truth – one in which different versions of the same historical event can all be true – or different kinds of truths and modes of belief are contingent on culture. Beginning with comparisons between historiography and aspects of belief in Greek tragedy, chapters include discussions of historiography through the works of Herodotus, Xenophon, and Ktesias, as well as Hellenistic and later historiography, material culture in Vitruvius, and Lucian’s satire. Rather than investigate whether historiography incorporates elements of poetic, rhetorical, or narrative techniques to shape historical accounts, or whether cultural memory is flexible or manipulated, this volume examines pluralities of truth and belief within the ancient world – and consequences for our understanding of culture, ancient or otherwise.

FRAGMENTS OF OLD COMEDY

Eupolis, and Aristophanes suited that view of Old Comedy very nicely. A more
representative triad could well have been Cratinus, Pherecrates, and
Aristophanes, one that would include the political comedy of Aristophanes as
well as his ...

Author: Ian C. Storey

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674996623

Category: Drama

Page: 496

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The era of Old Comedy (c. 485 – c. 380 BCE), when theatrical comedy was created and established, is best known through the extant plays of Aristophanes, but there were many other poets whose comedies survive only in fragments. This new Loeb edition, the most extensive selection of the fragments available in English, presents the work of fifty-six poets, including Cratinus and Eupolis, the other members (along with Aristophanes) of the canonical Old Comic triad. For each poet and play there is an introduction, brief notes, and select bibliography. Also included is a selection of ancient testimonia to Old Comedy, nearly one hundred unattributed fragments (both book and papyri), and descriptions of twenty-five vase-paintings illustrating Old Comic scenes. The texts are based on the monumental edition of Kassel and Austin, updated to reflect the latest scholarship.

Comedy of errors Much ado about nothing Love s labour s lost Midsummer night s dream

Sometimes yet more was left to the discretion of the ancient comedians , as I
learn from the following circumstance in X. Edward IV 2d p . 16193- “ Jockey is
led whipping over the fiage , speaking some words , but of no importance . ”
Again , in ...

Author: William Shakespeare

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The Virginia Comedians

Those particular scenes are much more agreeable to . attend than to describe ;
and perhaps all description would only blur the picture of those jubilecs , full of
wild revelry , as were all such in the ancient colony and Old Dominion indeed ,
are ...

Author: John Esten Cooke

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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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The Ancient History of the Egyptians

His face was smeared over with wine lees ; racter , 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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Stories from the Greek Comedians

... Women in Parliament by the Rev. R. Smith . Mr. Lucas Collins's excellent
summaries in the " Ancient Classics for English Readers ” I have also found
useful . ALFRED J. CHURCH . CONTENTS . PART I. STORIES FROM THE OLD
COMEDY ...

Author: Alfred John Church

Publisher:

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Category: Greek drama (Comedy)

Page: 344

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The ancient world

Of all the Greek comedians of the old lies , its misdischool only one was so
fortunate as to have rected loves , its ... In richness characters of that New
Comedy , which , preof humor and quaintness of invention he vailing to the times
of ...

Author: John Clark Ridpath

Publisher:

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Category: World history

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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 ... In richness characters of that New
Comedy , which , preof humor and quaintness of invention he vailing to the times
of ...

Author: John Clark Ridpath

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Category: World history

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A History of the Literature of Ancient Greece

91 delighted the Athenians with his cheerful and multifarious fictions , To the
same age of comedy belongs ... an 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

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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 history of the Egyptians Carthaginians c Transl 1 vol in 2

Hence comedy derives contempt , as from them he had nothing to fear ; itself ;
which is properly an image of private but I cannot help wondering at his having
life . Its design is to expose defects and vices brought the most illustrious and ...

Author: Charles Rollin

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A Digest of the Laws Customs Manners and Institutions of the Ancient and Modern Nations

What was the influence of the comedians ? Judging from the nice sensibilities of
the moderns , and their extreme attention to the point of honor , we should
conclude that the old comedy must have been intolerable . We are at a loss to
know ...

Author: Thomas Roderick Dew

Publisher:

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Category: History

Page: 662

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Comedy

37 Stand-Up Comedy Lawrence E. Mintz Stand-up is surely the oldest, the most
basic, and the universal form of comedy. Its roots are in the shaman, the fool, the
jester, and the clown. Stand-up comedy is a part of the ancient Greek theater, ...

Author: Maurice Charney

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313327155

Category: Comedy

Page: 663

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The Comedians

Author: Louis Couperus

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Category: Comedians

Page: 365

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A History of the Ancient World

... Marathon that Comedy was revived at Athens by Chionides (B.c. 488–7), but
Cratinus, the first distinguished poet of the Old Comedy, ... Meanwhile the license
of the comedians reached such a pitch, that a decree was passed to prohibit their
 ...

Author: Philip Smith

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Category: History, Ancient

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