The Language of Greek Comedy

Hardcover | September 1, 2002

EditorAndreas Willi

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The contributions to this volume illustrate how the linguistic study of Greek comedy can deepen our knowledge of the intricate connections between the dramatic texts and their literary and socio-cultural environment. Topics discussed include the relationship of comedy and iambus, the world ofDoric comedy in Sicily, figures of speech and obscene vocabulary in Aristophanes, comic elements in tragedy, language and cultural identity in fifth-century Athens, linguistic characterization in Middle Comedy, the textual transmission of New Comedy, and the interaction of language and dramatictechnique in Menander. Research in these topics and in related areas is reviewed in an extensive bibliographical essay.While the main focus is on comedy, the diversity of the approaches adopted (including narratology, pragmatics, lexicology, dialectology, sociolinguistics, and textual criticism) ensures that much of the work applies to different genres and is relevant also to linguists and literary scholars.

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The contributions to this volume illustrate how the linguistic study of Greek comedy can deepen our knowledge of the intricate connections between the dramatic texts and their literary and socio-cultural environment. Topics discussed include the relationship of comedy and iambus, the world ofDoric comedy in Sicily, figures of speech an...

Andreas Willi is Research Assistant in Classics, University of Basel, Switzerland
Format:HardcoverDimensions:356 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.95 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199245479

ISBN - 13:9780199245475

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Andreas Willi: The Language of Greek ComedyEwen Bowie: Ionic Iambos and Attic KomoidiaAlbio C. Cassio: The Language of Doric ComedyKenneth Dover: Some Evaluative Terms in AristophanesSimon R. Slings: Figures of Speech in AristophanesAlan H. Sommerstein: Comic Elements in Tragic LanguageGregory W. Dobrov: Mageiros poietesW. Geoffrey Arnott: Orthographical Variants in PapyriRene Nunlist: Speech in Speech in Menander