Drama

Menander in Contexts

Menander in Contexts

Author: Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135014643

Category: Drama

Page: 286

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The comedies of the Athenian dramatist Menander (c. 342-291 BC) and his contemporaries were the ultimate source of a Western tradition of light drama that has continued to the present day. Yet for over a millennium, Menander’s own plays were thought to have been completely lost. Thanks to a long and continuing series of papyrus discoveries, Menander has now been able to take his place among the major surviving ancient Greek dramatists alongside Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. In this book, sixteen contributors examine and explore the Menander we know today in light of the various literary, intellectual, and social contexts in which his plays can be viewed. Topics covered include: the society, culture, and politics of his generation; the intellectual currents of the period; the literary precursors who inspired Menander (or whom he expected his audiences to recall); and responses to Menander, from his own time to ours. As the first wide-ranging collective study of Menander in English, this book is essential reading for those interested in ancient comedy the world over.
Performing Arts

Menander’s Characters in Context

Menander’s Characters in Context

Author: Stavroula Kiritsi

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527544949

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 349

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Menander was renowned—and still is—for his naturalistic representations of character and emotion. However, times change, and our ideas of what is ‘natural’ change with them. To appreciate Menander’s art fully, we need to attune ourselves to the expectations of his time, and for this there is no better guide than Aristotle (along with his successor Theophrastus), who described and analysed notions of character and emotion in brilliant detail. This book examines the relevant observations of Aristotle, and explores two of Menander’s comedies in this light. It also discusses how these comedies, which have only been recovered in the past century, were adapted and performed on the Modern Greek stage, where tastes were different and Menander had been virtually unknown. The book’s comparison of the ancient originals and the modern versions sheds new light on both, as well as on cultural values then and now.
Philosophy

Aristotle and Menander on the Ethics of Understanding

Aristotle and Menander on the Ethics of Understanding

Author: Valeria Cinaglia

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004282827

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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In Aristotle and Menander on the Ethics of Understanding, Valeria Cinaglia offers a parallel study of Menander’s New Comedy and Aristotle’s philosophy and she explores the depth and implications of their analogies in subjects ranging from epistemology and psychology to ethics.
History

The Poetics in its Aristotelian Context

The Poetics in its Aristotelian Context

Author: Pierre Destrée

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000053487

Category: History

Page: 262

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This volume integrates aspects of the Poetics into the broader corpus of Aristotelian philosophy. It both deals with some old problems raised by the treatise, suggesting possible solutions through contextualization, and also identifies new ways in which poetic concepts could relate to Aristotelian philosophy. In the past, contextualization has most commonly been used by scholars in order to try to solve the meaning of difficult concepts in the Poetics (such as catharsis, mimesis, or tragic pleasure). In this volume, rather than looking to explain a specific concept, the contributors observe the concatenation of Aristotelian ideas in various treatises in order to explore some aesthetic, moral and political implications of the philosopher’s views of tragedy, comedy and related genres. Questions addressed include: Does Aristotle see his interest in drama as part of his larger research on human natures? What are the implications of tragic plots dealing with close family members for the polis? What should be the role of drama and music in the education of citizens? How does dramatic poetry relate to other arts and what are the ethical ramifications of the connections? How specific are certain emotions to literary genres and how do those connect to Aristotle’s extended account of pathe? Finally, how do internal elements of composition and language in poetry relate to other domains of Aristotelian thought? The Poetics in its Aristotelian Context offers a fascinating new insight to the Poetics, and will be of use to anyone working on the Poetics, or Aristotelian philosophy more broadly.
History

Menander in Antiquity

Menander in Antiquity

Author: Sebastiana Nervegna

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107328259

Category: History

Page:

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The comic playwright Menander was one of the most popular writers throughout antiquity. This book reconstructs his life and the legacy of his work until the end of antiquity employing a broad range of sources such as portraits, illustrations of his plays, papyri preserving their texts and inscriptions recording their public performances. These are placed within the context of the three social and cultural institutions which appropriated his comedy, thereby ensuring its survival: public theatres, dinner parties and schools. Dr Nervegna carefully reconstructs how each context approached Menander's drama and how it contributed to its popularity over the centuries. The resultant, highly illustrated, book will be essential for all scholars and students not just of Menander's comedy but, more broadly, of the history and iconography of the ancient theatre, ancient social history and reception studies.
Literary Criticism

Roman Drama and its Contexts

Roman Drama and its Contexts

Author: Stavros Frangoulidis

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110456509

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 637

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This volume takes a new approach to Roman drama by looking at comic and tragic plays from the Republican and imperial periods in ‘context’. By presenting a number of case studies and considerations of wider issues, the 33 international contributors explore the role of Roman drama in contexts such as the literary tradition, the relationship to works in other literary genres, the historical and social situation or the intellectual background.
Literary Criticism

A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama

A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama

Author: Betine van Zyl Smit

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118347775

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 624

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A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama offers a series of original essays that represent a comprehensive overview of the global reception of ancient Greek tragedies and comedies from antiquity to the present day. Represents the first volume to offer a complete overview of the reception of ancient drama from antiquity to the present Covers the translation, transmission, performance, production, and adaptation of Greek tragedy from the time the plays were first created in ancient Athens through the 21st century Features overviews of the history of the reception of Greek drama in most countries of the world Includes chapters covering the reception of Greek drama in modern opera and film
History

Theophrastus' Characters

Theophrastus' Characters

Author: Sonia Pertsinidis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351997812

Category: History

Page: 112

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This book presents an introduction to the Characters, a collection of thirty amusing descriptions of character types who lived in Athens in the fourth century BCE. The author of the work, Theophrastus, was Aristotle's colleague, his immediate successor and head of his philosophical school for thirty-five years. Pertsinidis' lively, original and scholarly monograph introduces Theophrastus as a Greek philosopher. It also outlines the remarkable influence of the Characters as a literary work and provides a detailed discussion of the work's purpose and its connection with comedy, ethics and rhetoric.
Literary Criticism

Refiguring Tragedy

Refiguring Tragedy

Author: Ioanna Karamanou

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110661279

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 173

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This book brings together case studies delving into different, unstudied aspects of the Nachleben of selected lost tragedies either in their once extant form or in their fragmentary state in later periods of time. It seeks to explore the ways in which the plays in question were reworked, discussed, represented or reperformed within varying frameworks. Notably enough, research on the reception of tragic fragments could yield insight not only into the receiving work, but also into the facets of the source text that have attracted attention in its subsequent refigurations. It could thus shed light on the ideological and cultural routes through which these fragmentary tragedies were received by the poet, the scholar, the artist, the viewer, the reader and the spectator in each case. The complex process of the refiguration of a fragmentarily preserved play within different contexts could form a yardstick of its cultural power and elucidate the dynamics of fragmentation in modern times. Τhe volume is of particular interest to scholars in the fields of classics, reception, cultural and performance studies, as well as to readers fascinated by Greek tragedy and its vibrant afterlife.
History

Domestic Space in Classical Antiquity

Domestic Space in Classical Antiquity

Author: Lisa C. Nevett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139788847

Category: History

Page:

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Housing is shaped by culturally-specific expectations about the kinds of architecture and furnishings that are appropriate; about how and where different activities should be carried out; and by and with whom. It is those expectations, and the wider social and cultural systems of which they are a part, that are explored in this volume. At the same time, the book as a whole argues two larger points: first, that while houses, households and families have in recent years become increasingly important as objects of inquiry in Greek and Roman contexts, their potential as sources of information about broader social-historical issues has yet to be fully realised; and second, that greater weight and independence should be given to material culture as a source for studying ancient history. The book will be invaluable for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students and scholars.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Menander

Menander

Author: Malcolm Heath

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199259205

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 374

View: 682

This book undertakes a fundamental assessment of Menander of Laodicea ('Menander Rhetor'), and of the nature and functions of rhetoric in later antiquity (second to fifth centuries AD). It examines Menander's fragments, collected here for the first time, in detail, showing that he was primarily an expert on judicial and deliberative oratory; a source-critical analysis of the Demosthenes scholia shows that his influential commentary on Demosthenes can be partially reconstructed. Itexplores the educational practices of the rhetorical schools, and shows that the skills which they taught still had a direct application in the subsequent careers of the rhetoricians' pupils.
Literary Criticism

Fragments in Context - Frammenti e dintorni

Fragments in Context - Frammenti e dintorni

Author: Virginia Mastellari

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783946317982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 237

View: 674

Die Beiträge des mehrsprachigen Sammelbandes analysieren die »Umgebung« von Fragmenten der griechischen Literatur. Damit sind soziokulturelle und sprachliche Kontexte, dramaturgische Mechanismen sowie Evolutionsprozesse einer literarischen Gattung bis hin zur Rezeption antiker Fragmente gemeint. Dabei gehen sie den Fragen nach, warum, mit welcher Absicht, in welcher Form und in welchem Umfang ein Trägertext ein Fragment zitiert. Der Band eröffnet damit nicht nur der Fragmentforschung unter philologischen und methodologischen Gesichtspunkten neue Wege, sondern erweitert auch das Verständnis der Überlieferungsprozesse antiker Literatur.