A History of Classical Literature

A History of Classical Literature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...to determine accurately the epoch when each species gave place to the succeeding one. The middle comedy, however, is usually said to commence about the xcviiith or xcixth Olympiad, and to continue until about the cxiith, when Philemon and Menander, the authors of the new comedy, began to exhibit. The characteristic feature of the old comedy is personality, that of the middle comedy philosophical and literary criticism, and an attack upon the follies of classes, rather than of individuals. The new comedy is the comedy of manners, and in all respects resembles that of Plautus and Terence, as well as that of modern times. As-the comedies of Aristophanes are the only specimens of the old comedy which have been preserved in a sufficiently perfect state, all our ideas respecting its nature must be founded on a study of his plays. In order to form a correct estimate of its nature, it is necessary to divest the mind of all notions which have been derived from comedies of the present day. The tragic principle is the same in all ages, and hence between ancient and modern tragedy there are many points of resemblance, together with much dissimilarity, but the old Attic comedy is totally unlike its modern namesake. It is quite mi generis--there is nothing with which it can be compared. In its loose and unconnected structure, the incompleteness and want of uniformity in its plot, it somewhat resembles a modern pantomime. Like pantomime, it consists of numerous independent scenes and ludicrous situations, satirical attacks on the vices, and sparkling allusions to the prevalent follies of the day, and much of the humor consists in practical jokes, as well as in the smartness of the dialogue and repartee. It also indulged in the most unrestrained personalities....show more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 367g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603400
  • 9781236603401