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The Language of Greek Comedy

Andreas Willi


The contributions to this book illustrate how linguistic study of Greek comedy can deepen our knowledge of the intricate connections between the dramatic texts and their literary and socio-cultural environment. Topics discussed include the relationship of comedy and iambus, the world of Doric comedy in Sicily, figures of speech and obscene vocabulary in Aristophanes, comic elements in tragedy, language and cultural identity in 5th-century Athens, linguistic characterization in Middle Comedy, the textual transmission of New Comedy, and the interaction of language and dramatic technique in Menan ... More

Keywords: iambus, Doric comedy, tragedy, cultural identity, Athens, New Comedy, Middle Comedy, narratology, pragmatics, lexicology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245475
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245475.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Willi, editor
Research Assistant in Classics, University of Basel
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