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

Anna Peterson


This book examines the impact that Athenian Old Comedy had on Greek writers of the Imperial era. It is generally acknowledged that Imperial-era Greeks responded to Athenian Old Comedy in one of two ways: either as a treasure trove of Atticisms, or as a genre defined by and repudiated for its aggressive humor. Worthy of further consideration, however, is how both approaches, and particularly the latter one that relegated Old Comedy to the fringes of the literary canon, led authors to engage with the ironic and self-reflexive humor of Aristophanes, Eupolis, and Cratinus. Authors ranging from ser ... More

Keywords: Old Comedy, Second Sophistic, satire, ancient literary criticism, Plutarch, Aelius Aristides, Lucian, Alciphron, Libanius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190697099
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190697099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Peterson, author
Penn State University