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Ancient comedy : the war of the generations

Author: Dana Ferrin Sutton
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1993.
Series: Studies in literary themes and genres, no. 1.
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Although the history of ancient comedy is usually viewed as a series of disjunct episodes, Dana Sutton demonstrates the continuity both of the ancient writers' inner motivating spirit and their chosen subject matter, since Aristophanes and later comic writers are capable of taking a comic look at the war between the generations, especially between fathers and sons. In a useful overview chapter, Professor Sutton  Read more...
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Sutton, Dana Ferrin.
Ancient comedy.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993
(OCoLC)608378994
Online version:
Sutton, Dana Ferrin.
Ancient comedy.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993
(OCoLC)622844109
Named Person: Aristophanes; Menander, of Athens; Titus Maccius Plautus; Terence; Titus Maccius Plautus; Menander; Publius Terentius Afer; Aristophanes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dana Ferrin Sutton
ISBN: 0805709576 9780805709575
OCLC Number: 28256637
Description: xv, 139 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Aristophanes and the Greek Old Comedy --
Ch. 2. Menander and the Greek New Comedy --
Ch. 3. Plautus and the Nature of Roman Comedy --
Ch. 4. Terence.
Series Title: Studies in literary themes and genres, no. 1.
Responsibility: Dana F. Sutton.
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Although the history of ancient comedy is usually viewed as a series of disjunct episodes, Dana Sutton demonstrates the continuity both of the ancient writers' inner motivating spirit and their chosen subject matter, since Aristophanes and later comic writers are capable of taking a comic look at the war between the generations, especially between fathers and sons. In a useful overview chapter, Professor Sutton describes the origins of ancient comedy in Dionysiac festivals and the development of the form from Aristophanes' episodic plots to the artful plot construction of later comedy. In subsequent chapters, lively descriptions of these often rowdy plays are combined with thoughtful analyses in which historical context continues to illuminate the distinct characteristics of each playwright's treatment of intergenerational conflict. Although this theme remained a constant throughout the centuries, it was also bound to political life: Old Comedy, we learn, deals with the Athenian city-state, whereas New Comedy is firmly centered in the realities of bourgeois domestic life. Roman comedies have often been dismissed as superficial, simple presentations of stock characters in stereotypical situations. This perceptive book shatters that image. Plautus' adroit, individualistic adaptations of the Greek plays comment revealingly on patriarchal Roman society. The growing social significance and emotional power of ancient comedy culminates in the innovative plays of Terence, who uses traditional comic situations to explore the ironies and ambiguities of life's problems and human nature. A chronology of major events and works and an index complete this concise, comprehensive genre study.

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