Satyric Play: The Evolution of Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama

Hardcover | July 9, 2014

byCarl Shaw

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Since it was written by tragedians and employed a number of formal tragic elements, satyr drama is typically categorized as a sub-genre of Greek tragedy. This categorization, however, gives an incomplete picture of the complicated relationship of the satyr play to other genres of drama inancient Greece. For example, the humorous chorus of half-man, half-horse satyrs suggests sustained interaction between poets of comedy and satyr play. In Satyric Play, Carl Shaw notes the complex, shifting relationship between comedy and satyr drama, from sixth-century BCE proto-drama to classicalproductions staged at the Athenian City Dionysia and bookish Alexandrian plays of the third century BCE, and argues that comedy and satyr plays influenced each other in nearly all stages of their development. This is the first book to offer a complete, integrated analysis of Greek comedy and satyr drama, analyzing the details of the many literary, aesthetic, historical, religious, and geographical connections to satyr drama. Ancient critics and poets allude to comic-satyric associations in surprisingways, vases indicate a common connection to komos (revelry) song, and the plays themselves often share titles, plots, modes of humor, and even on occasion choruses of satyrs. Shaw's insight into this evidence reveals the relationship between satyr drama and Greek comedy to be much more intimatelyconnected than we had known and, in fact, much closer than that between satyr drama and tragedy. Satyric Play brings new light to satyr drama as a complex, artful, inventive, and even cleverly paradoxical genre.

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Since it was written by tragedians and employed a number of formal tragic elements, satyr drama is typically categorized as a sub-genre of Greek tragedy. This categorization, however, gives an incomplete picture of the complicated relationship of the satyr play to other genres of drama inancient Greece. For example, the humorous chorus...

Carl Shaw is Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature at New College of Florida.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 6.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199950946

ISBN - 13:9780199950942

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresAbbreviationsIntroduction1. Comedy and Satyr Drama in Plato and Aristotle2. Early Komos Songs: Satyric, Precomic, and Dithyrambic Performance3. Sicilian Comedy and the Attic Satyr Play4. Old Comedy, Classical Satyr Drama, and Euripides' Alcesits5. Middle Comedy and the "Satyric" Style6. Post-Classical Satyr Play and Old ComedyConclusionReferencesIndex of PassagesGeneral Index