Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama

Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama

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Cambridge University Press, 1/31/2013
EAN 9781107008557, ISBN10: 1107008557

Hardcover, 282 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

How did audiences of ancient Greek comedy react to the spectacle of masters and slaves? If they were expected to laugh at a slave threatened with a beating by his master at one moment but laugh with him when they bantered familiarly at the next, what does this tell us about ancient Greek slavery? This volume presents ten essays by leading specialists in ancient Greek literature, culture and history, exploring the changing roles and representations of slaves in comic drama from Aristophanes at the height of the Athenian Empire to the New Comedy of Menander and the Hellenistic World. The contributors focus variously on individual comic dramas or on particular historical periods, analysing a wide range of textual, material-culture and comparative data for the practices of slavery and their representation on the ancient Greek comic stage.

1. Introduction
slaves and slavery in ancient Greek comedy Rob Tordoff
2. Slaves and politics in early Aristophanic comedy S. Douglas Olson
3. Slavery, drama and the alchemy of identity in Aristophanes Susan Lape
4. Slaves in the fragments of old comedy Donald Sells
5. Aristophanes, slaves and history Ben Akrigg
6. A comedy of errors
the comic slave in Greek art Kelly Wrenhaven
7. Menander's slaves
the banality of violence David Konstan
8. Coping with punishment
the social networking of slaves in Menander Cheryl Cox
9. Sex slaves in new comedy C. W. Marshall
10. 'Phlyax' slaves
from vase to stage? Kathryn Bosher
11. Tokens of identity in Menander's Epitrepontes
slaves, citizens and in-betweens Christina Vester.