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Slaves and slavery in ancient Greek comic drama

Author: Ben Akrigg; Rob Tordoff
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How did audiences of ancient Greek comedy react to the spectacle of master and slaves? If they were expected to laugh at a slave threatened with a beating by his master at one moment but laugh with him when they bantered familiarly at the next, what does this tell us about ancient Greek slavery? This volume presents ten essays by leading specialists in ancient Greek literature, culture and history, exploring the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Akrigg; Rob Tordoff
ISBN: 9781107008557 1107008557
OCLC Number: 798437858
Description: xv, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: slaves and slavery in ancient Greek comedy / Rob Tordoff --
2. Slaves and politics in early Aristophanic comedy / S. Douglas Olson --
3. Slavery, drama and the alchemy of identity in Aristophanes / Susan Lape --
4. Slaves in the fragments of old comedy / Donald Sells --
5. Aristophanes, slaves and history / Ben Akrigg --
6. A comedy of errors: the comic slave in Greek art / Kelly Wrenhaven --
7. Menander's slaves: the banality of violence / David Konstan --
8. Coping with punishment: the social networking of slaves in Menander / Cheryl Cox --
9. Sex slaves in new comedy / C.W. Marshall --
10. 'Phlyax' slaves: from vase to stage? / Kathryn Bosher --
11. Tokens of identity in Menander's Epitrepontes: slaves, citizens and in-betweens / Christina Vester.
Responsibility: edited by Ben Akrigg and Rob Tordoff.
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Greek comedy offers a unique insight into the reality of life as a slave, giving this disenfranchised group a 'voice'.  Read more...

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'... this volume will be useful for anyone interested in the representation of slaves and slavery as found in our sources for Greek comedy.' Madeleine M. Henry, Phoenix

 
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