Cratinus and the Art of Comedy
Cratinus, one of the lost great poets of fifth-century Athenian comedy, had a formative influence on the comic genre, including Aristophanes himself. Using a methodologically innovative approach, Emmanuela Bakola studies the surviving fragments of Cratinus' plays and offers a thorough analysis of the multifaceted art of this poet and his place in the history of comedy. Issues which she addresses include the creation of a poetic personality within a performative tradition of fierce interpoetic rivalry; the play at the boundaries of the comic genre and the interaction with satyr drama and tragedy, especially Aeschylus; stagecraft and dramaturgy; comic plot-construction and characterization; the author's reflection on his immediate political, social and intellectual context. As well as providing insight into Cratinus, her book enriches our understanding of fifth-century Athenian comedy in a dynamic evolving environment.
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3Cratinus and Tragedy
Elements of PlotComposition in the Comedy of Cratinus
5Production and Imagination
APPENDIX 1The Parabasis Proper of Cratinus Dionysalexandros POxy 663 ll 69
APPENDIX 2The Date of the Accusations against Phidias and his Trial
APPENDIX 3Papyrus Fragments of Plutoi fr 171 KA
APPENDIX 4Hypothesis to Dionysalexandros POxy 663 text edited by KA iv 140
APPENDIX 5New Edition of the Papyrus Hypothesis to Dionysalexandros POxy 663
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