The Nature of Roman Comedy

The Nature of Roman Comedy : A Study in Popular Entertainment

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"The Nature of Roman Comedy remains the single most comprehensive guide to Roman comedy, and I do not see a rival work on the horizon. It places the genre in both a literary and a scholarly context. It provides a reliable introduction to the genre's main features and raises questions and problems in the genre's interpretation that remain relevant today....We could use such a classic on the shelf."-Sander M. Goldberg, University of California, Los Angeles Originally published in 1952, The Nature of Roman Comedy is still the fullest and most accessible introduction to the plays of Plautus and Terence, which constitute the corpus of Roman comedy. With attention to the specific aspects (such as staging conventions, plot structure, and character delineation) of each play, George E. Duckworth provides a readable synthesis that emphasizes the dramatic and humorous significance of the Roman comedies. Duckworth explains why these plays are important -and funny through discussion of suspense and irony, moral tone, and the humorous aspects of situation, character, and language. He places the comedies in the history of drama, extending from their bases in the lost Greek comedies to their influence on sixteenth-and seventeenth-century European playwrights including Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ben Johnson. Included are eight plates depicting scenes and characters from the comedies. For the second edition, Richard Hunter supplies a foreword and a bibliographical appendix, bringing up-to-date this enduring classic. George E. Duckworth was Professor of Latin at Princeton University.Richard Hunter is University Lecturer in Classics at Cambridge University. He is the author of The New Comedy of Greece and more

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  • Paperback | 509 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • University of Oklahoma Press
  • Oklahoma, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0806126205
  • 9780806126203
  • 1,424,773