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Comedy and the Rise of Rome

Matthew Leigh


This book looks at Roman comedy in the light of history and Roman history in the light of comedy. Plautus and Terence base their dramas on the New Comedy of 4th- and 3rd-century BC Greece. Yet many of the themes with which they engage are peculiarly alive in the Rome of the Hannibalic war, and the conquest of Macedon. This study takes issues as diverse as the legal status of the prisoner of war, the ethics of ambush, fatherhood and command, and the clash of maritime and agrarian economies, and examines responses to them both on the comic stage and in the world at large. This is a substantially ... More

Keywords: Rome, comedy, Plautus, Terence, Greece, Hannibalic war, ethics, ambush, command, economies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266760
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Leigh, author
Fellow and Tutor in Classical Languages and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford
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