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Roman Comedy

Author : David Konstan
ISBN : 0801493986
Genre : Drama
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This book explores the social institutions, the prevailing social values, and the ideology of the ancient city-state as revealed in Roman Comedy. "The very essence of comedy is social," writes David Konstan, "and in the complex movement of its plots we may be able to discern the lineaments and contradictions of the reigning ideas of an age." David Konstan looks closely at eight plays: Plautus's Aulularia, Asinaria, Captivi, Rudens, Cistellaria, and Truculentus, and Terence's Phormio and Hecyra. Offering new interpretations of each, he develops a "typology of plot forms" by analyzing structural features and patterns of conventional behavior in the plays, and he relates the results of his literary analysis to contemporary social conditions. He argues that the plays address tensions that were potentially disruptive to the ancient city-state, and that they tended to resolve these tensions in ways that affirmed traditional values. Roman Comedy is an innovative and challenging book that will be welcomed by students of classical literature, ancient social history, the history of the theater, and comedy as a genre.
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Feminine Discourse In Roman Comedy

Author : Dorota M. Dutsch
ISBN : 9780191559860
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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As literature written in Latin has almost no female authors, we are dependent on male writers for some understanding of the way women would have spoken. Plautus (3rd to 2nd century BCE) and Terence (2nd century BCE) consistently write particular linguistic features into the lines spoken by their female characters: endearments, soft speech, and incoherent focus on numerous small problems. Dorota M. Dutsch describes the construction of this feminine idiom and asks whether it should be considered as evidence of how Roman women actually spoke.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Greek And Roman Comedy

Author : Shawn O'Bryhim
ISBN : 9780292778825
Genre : Drama
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Much of what we know of Greco-Roman comedy comes from the surviving works of just four playwrights—the Greeks Aristophanes and Menander and the Romans Plautus and Terence. To introduce these authors and their work to students and general readers, this book offers a new, accessible translation of a representative play by each playwright, accompanied by a general introduction to the author's life and times, a scholarly article on a prominent theme in the play, and a bibliography of selected readings about the play and playwright. This range of material, rare in a single volume, provides several reading and teaching options, from the study of a single author to an overview of the entire Classical comedic tradition. The plays have been translated for readability and fidelity to the original text by established Classics scholars. Douglas Olson provides the translation and commentary for Aristophanes' Acharnians, Shawn O'Bryhim for Menander's Dyskolos, George Fredric Franco for Plautus' Casina, and Timothy J. Moore for Terence's Phormio.
Category: Drama

The Stagecraft And Performance Of Roman Comedy

Author : C. W. Marshall
ISBN : 1139458760
Genre : Drama
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A comprehensive survey of Roman theatrical production, this book examines all aspects of Roman performance practice, and provides fresh insights on the comedies of Plautus and Terence. Following an introductory chapter on the experience of Roman comedy from the perspective of Roman actors and the Roman audience, addressing among other things the economic concerns of putting on a play in the Roman republic, subsequent chapters provide detailed studies of troupe size and the implications for role assignment, masks, stage action, music, and improvisation in the plays of Plautus and Terence. Marshall argues that Roman comedy was raw comedy, much more rough-and-ready than its Hellenistic precursors, but still fully conscious of its literary past. The consequences of this lead to fresh conclusions concerning the dramatic structure of Roman comedy, and a clearer understanding of the relationship between the plays-as-text and the role of improvisation during performance.
Category: Drama

Reading Roman Comedy

Author : Alison Sharrock
ISBN : 9781139482646
Genre : History
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For many years the domain of specialists in early Latin, in complex metres, and in the reconstruction of texts, Roman comedy is now established in the mainstream of Classical literary criticism. Where most books stress the original performance as the primary location for the encountering of the plays, this book finds the locus of meaning and appreciation in the activity of a reader, albeit one whose manner of reading necessarily involves the imaginative reconstruction of performance. The texts are treated, and celebrated, as literary devices, with programmatic beginnings, middles, ends, and intertexts. All the extant plays of Plautus and Terence have at least a bit part in this book, which seeks to expose the authors' fabulous artificiality and artifice, while playing along with their differing but interrelated poses of generic humility.
Category: History

Nature Of Roman Comedy

Author : George E. Duckworth
ISBN : 9781400872374
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book provides the most complete and definitive study of Roman comedy. Originally published in 1952. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Nature Of Roman Comedy

Author : George Eckel Duckworth
ISBN : 0806126205
Genre : Drama
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Originally published in 1952, The Nature of Roman Comedy is still the fullest and most accessible introduction to the plays of Plautus and Terence, which constitute the corpus of Roman comedy. With attention to the specific aspects (such as staging conventions, plot structure, and character delineation) of each play, George E. Duckworth provides a readable synthesis that emphasizes the dramatic and humorous significance of the Roman comedies. Duckworth explains why these plays are important -and funny through discussion of suspense and irony, moral tone, and the humorous aspects of situation, character, and language. He places the comedies in the history of drama, extending from their bases in the lost Greek comedies to their influence on sixteenth-and seventeenth-century European playwrights including Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ben Johnson. Included are eight plates depicting scenes and characters from the comedies. For the second edition, Richard Hunter supplies a foreword and a bibliographical appendix, bringing up-to-date this enduring classic.
Category: Drama

Music In Roman Comedy

Author : Timothy J. Moore
ISBN : 9781107006485
Genre : History
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Offers a new explanation of how the plays of Plautus and Terence worked as musical theatre.
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Costume In Roman Comedy

Author : Catharine Saunders
ISBN : 9785877929470
Genre : History
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Terence And The Language Of Roman Comedy

Author : Evangelos Karakasis
ISBN : 113944445X
Genre : History
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This book offers a comprehensive examination of the language of Roman comedy in general and that of Terence in particular. The study explores Terence's use of language to differentiate his characters and his language in relation to the language of the comic fragments of the palliata, the togata and the atellana. Linguistic categories in the Terentian corpus explored include colloquialisms, archaisms, hellenisms and idiolectal features. Terence is shown to give his old men an old-fashioned and verbose tone, while low characters are represented as using colloquial diction. An examination of Eunuchus' language shows it to be closer to the Plautine linguistic tradition. The book also provides a thorough linguistic/stylistic commentary on all the fragments of the palliata, the togata and the atellana. It shows that Terence, except in the case of his Eunuchus, consciously distances himself from the linguistic/stylistic tradition of Plautus followed by all other comic poets.
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The Oxford Handbook Of Greek And Roman Comedy

Author : Michael Fontaine
ISBN : 9780199743544
Genre : History
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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 its birth in Greece to its end in Rome, from its Hellenistic to its Imperial receptions, no topic is neglected. The 41 essays offer cutting-edge guides through comedy's immense terrain.
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Author : Maurice Charney
ISBN : 0313327157
Genre : Comedy
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Category: Comedy

Classics In Translation Volume Ii

Author : Paul L. MacKendrick
ISBN : 0299808963
Genre : Literary Collections
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Here, translated into modern idiom, are many works of the authors whose ideas have consitituted the mainstream of classical thought. This volume of new translations was born of necessity, to answer the needs of a course in Greek and Roman culture offered by the Department of Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Since its original publication in 1952, Classics in Translation has been adopted by many different academic insititutions to fill similar needs of their undergraduate students. This new printing is further evidence of this collection's general acceptance by teachers, students, and the reviewing critics.
Category: Literary Collections

Roman Comedy

Author : Titus Maccius Plautus
ISBN : NWU:35556041406380
Genre : Drama
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The Focus Classical Library is dedicated to publishing the best of Classical literature in contemporary translations with notes and introductions, so as to provide modern students access to the thought and context at the roots of contemporary culture. Five new translations of Rome's finest comic playwrights, Plautus and Terence, are included in this single volume. The five plays: Menaechmi, Rudens, Truculentus, Adelphoe, and Eunuchus provide an introduction to the world of Roman comedy by two of its best practitioners. These modern translations inlcude notes, an extensive introduction, and appendices.
Category: Drama

Roman Comedy

Author : Gesine Manuwald
ISBN : 9789004435124
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This contribution by Gesine Manuwald provides an introduction to all varieties of ‘Roman comedy’, including primarily fabula palliata (‘New Comedy’, as represented by Plautus and Terence) as well as fabula togata, fabula Atellana, mimus and pantomimus.
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Roman Comedy

Author : Whitfield Cook
ISBN : MINN:31951002046975C
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The New Comedy Of Greece And Rome

Author : Richard L. Hunter
ISBN : 0521316529
Genre : Drama
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The first literary account of a style of comic drama which was to become the root of all subsequent Western comedy. Places the social comedy of Menander, Plautus and Terence in its ancient context and considers its universal literary qualities.
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