Ancient comedy and reception: Essays in honor of Jeffrey Henderson

S. Douglas Olson

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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 to all 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages1086
ISBN (Electronic)9781614511250
ISBN (Print)9781614511663
StatePublished - Dec 12 2013

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  • Greek comedy
  • Reception
  • Roman comedy
  • Satire


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