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Laughter on the Fringes : the Reception of Old Comedy in the Imperial Greek World.

Author: Anna Irene Peterson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press USA - OSO, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines the reception of Athenian Old Comedy by Greek writers of the imperial era. It explores how the major authors of this period (Plutarch, Aelius Aristides, Lucian, Alciphron, and Libanius) adopted aspects of the genre to negotiate power struggles, facilitate rivalries, and provide a model for autobiographical writing.
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Peterson, Anna.
Laughter on the Fringes : The Reception of Old Comedy in the Imperial Greek World.
Oxford : Oxford University Press USA - OSO, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Irene Peterson
ISBN: 9780190697105 0190697105
OCLC Number: 1085232045
Description: 1 online resource (241 pages)
Contents: Cover; Laughter on the Fringes; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Note to the Reader; Introduction; Lexicographers, Scholars, and the Cultural Authority of Old Comedy; Critical Posturing; In the Shadow of Plato; The Structure of the Book; 1. A Problematic Genre: Plutarch; Aristophanes versus Menander; Putting It to Good Use: Quoting Old Comedy in the Parallel Lives; Conclusions; 2. Between Plato and the Gods: Aelius Aristides on Old Comedy; Contending with Plato: Old Comedy's Place in Aristides' Defense of Rhetoric; Self-​Praise and the Parabasis: Or. 28 Conclusions4. Lucian's Prolaliai and the Dynamics of Competition; Reading Lucian's Prolaliai as Parabases; A Parabatic Prometheus: Lucian and the Literary Hybrid; A Novel Problem: Zeuxis; A Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man: Heracles; Conclusions; A Menandrian Interlude: Alciphron and Old Comedy in Epistolary Form; 5. Old Comedy Transformed: Libanius and the Fourth Century; Old Comedy in the Fourth Century; Aristophanic Self-​Fashioning? Libanius' Life and the Scene of the Lightning Strike; The "Trees" of Eupolis: Eunapius on Libanius' Rhetorical Style; Conclusions Epilogue: Aristophanes in UtopiaReferences; Index Locorum; General Index

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This book examines the reception of Athenian Old Comedy by Greek writers of the imperial era. It explores how the major authors of this period (Plutarch, Aelius Aristides, Lucian, Alciphron, and Libanius) adopted aspects of the genre to negotiate power struggles, facilitate rivalries, and provide a model for autobiographical writing.

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