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Satyric Play: The Evolution of Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama

Carl Shaw


Satyric Play is the first book to offer an integrated analysis of Greek comedy and satyr drama. Using a literary-historical approach, it argues that comedy and satyr plays influenced each other in nearly all stages of their development. Although satyr drama was written by tragedians and employed a number of formal tragic elements, the humorous chorus of half-man, half-horse satyrs encouraged sustained interaction between poets of comedy and satyr play. From sixth-century proto-drama, through classical productions staged at the Athenian City Dionysia, to bookish Alexandrian plays of the third-c ... More

Keywords: Greek Drama, Greek Theater, Satyr drama, Satyr-play, Greek Comedy, Satyr

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199950942
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Shaw, author
New College of Florida