The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy

Hardcover | January 2, 2014

EditorMichael Fontaine, Adele C. Scafuro

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In recent decades literary approaches to drama have multiplied: new historical, intertextual, political, performative and metatheatrical, socio-linguistic, gender-driven, transgenre-driven. New information has been amassed, sometimes by re-examination of extant literary texts and materialartifacts, at other times from new discoveries from the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, art history, and literary studies. The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction to and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From the birth ofcomedy in Greece to its end in Rome, from the Hellenistic diffusion of performances after the death of Menander to its artistic, scholarly, and literary receptions in the later Roman Empire, no topic is neglected. 41 essays spread across Greek Comedy, Roman Comedy, and the transmission and reception of Ancient comedy by an international team of experts offer cutting-edge guides through the immense terrain of the field, while an expert introduction surveys the major trends and shifts in scholarly study ofcomedy from the 1960s to today. The Handbook includes two detailed appendices that provide invaluable research tools for both scholars and students. The result offers Hellenists an excellent overview of the earliest reception and creative reuse of Greek New Comedy, Latinists a broad perspective ofthe evolution of Roman Comedy, and scholars and students of classics an excellent resource and tipping point for future interdisciplinary research.

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In recent decades literary approaches to drama have multiplied: new historical, intertextual, political, performative and metatheatrical, socio-linguistic, gender-driven, transgenre-driven. New information has been amassed, sometimes by re-examination of extant literary texts and materialartifacts, at other times from new discoveries f...

Michael Fontaine is Associate Professor of Classics and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Cornell University. He has published widely on Latin literature, especially Roman Comedy, and is the author of Funny Words in Plautine Comedy (Oxford University Press 2010). Adele C. Scafuro is Professor of Classics at Brown University. She has pub...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:896 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:January 2, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction. Ancient Comedy: The Longue DureePart One: Greek ComedyI. Beginnings1. Jeffrey Rusten: In Search of the Essence of Old Comedy: From Aristotle's Poetics to Zielinksi, Cornford and Beyond2. Eric Csapo: Performing Comedy in the Fifth through Early Third Centuries3. Andronike Makres: Dionysiac Festivals in Athens and the Financing of Comic Performances: Choregia and DemocracyII. The Greek Comedians and their Plays4. Ian Storey: The First Poets of Old Comedy5. Mario Tel: The Last Laugh: Eupolis, Strattis, and Plato against Aristophanes6. Bernard Zimmermann: Aristophanes7. Ioannis M. Konstantakos: Comedy in the Fourth Century I: Mythological Burlesques8. Jeffrey Henderson: Comedy in the Fourth Century II: Politics and Domesticity9. Adele C. Scafuro: Comedy in the Late Fourth and Early Third Centuries BCE10. Adele C. Scafuro: Menander11. Alain Blanchard: Reconstructing Menander12. Johanna Hanink: Crossing Genres: Comedy, Tragedy, and Satyr Play13. David Konstan: Crossing Conceptual Worlds: Greek Comedy and PhilosophyIII. Attic Comedy and Society14. David Rosenbloom: The Politics of Comic Athens15. Emiliano J. Buis: Law and Greek Comedy16. Scott Scullion: Religion and the Gods in Greek ComedyIV. The Diffusion of Comedy in the Hellenistic World17. Brigitte Le Guen: The Diffusion of Comedy from the Age of Alexander to the Beginning of the Roman Empire18. Costas Panayotakis: Hellenistic Mime and its Reception in RomePart Two: Roman ComedyI. Beginnings19. Peter Brown: The Beginnings of Roman Comedy20. George Fredric Franko: Festivals, Producers, Theatrical Spaces, and Records21. Antonis K. Petrides: Plautus between Greek Comedy and Atellan Farce: Assessments and ReassessmentsII. The Roman Comedians and their Plays22. Wolfgang David Cirilo De Melo: Plautus' Dramatic Predecessors and Contemporaries in Rome23. Erica M. Bexley: Plautus and Terence in Performance24. Marcus Deufert: Metrics and Music25. Boris Dunsch: Prologue(s) and Prologi26. Michael Fontaine: Between Two Paradigms: Plautus27. Michael Fontaine: The Terentian Reformation: From Menander to Alexandria28. Evangelos Karakasis: The Language of the Palliata29. Gesine Manuwald: Tragedy, Para-tragedy and Roman ComedyIII. Roman Comedy and Society30. Erich Gruen: Roman Comedy and the Social Scene31. Jan Felix Gaertner: Law and Roman Comedy32. Boris Dunsch: Religion in Roman ComedyPart Three: Transmission and Ancient Reception33. Nigel Wilson: 'Introduction' to Aristophanea34. Heinz-Gnther Nesselrath: Later Greek Comedy in Later Antiquity35. Walter Stockert: The Rebirth of a Codex: Virtual Work on the Ambrosian Palimpsest of Plautus36. Benjamin Victor: The Transmission of Terence37. Sebastiana Nervegna: Graphic Comedy: Menandrian Mosaics and Terentian Miniatures38. Regina Heschele: Greek Comedy, the Novel, and Epistolography39. Regine May: Roman Comedy in the Second Sophistic40. Rolando Ferri: The Reception of Plautus in Antiquity41. Chrysanthi Demetriou: Aelius Donatus and His Commentary on Terence's ComediesAppendicesEftychia Bathrellou: 1. New Texts: Greek Comic Papyri 1973-2012Ben Millis: 2. Post-Menandrian Comic Poets: An Overview of the Evidence and a Checklist