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Tragedy on the Comic Stage

Matthew C. Farmer


Tragedy on the Comic Stage collects and analyzes the evidence for Ancient Greek comedy’s engagement with its contemporary dramatic genre, tragedy. Beginning with the comic fragments, this monograph argues that the comic poets of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE depicted a “culture of tragedy” in their plays. Comedy’s culture of tragedy involved a consistent set of tropes shared across the genre, including depictions of tragic fandom, portrayal of tragic poets as characters, and use of references to the dramatic festivals. The other prominent mode of engagement with tragedy in this period was ... More

Keywords: Greek comedy, Aristophanes, Greek tragedy, paratragedy, parody, Old Comedy, Middle Comedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190492076
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew C. Farmer, author
Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Missouri

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