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The Forensic Stage: Settling Disputes in Graeco-Roman New Comedy
     

The Forensic Stage: Settling Disputes in Graeco-Roman New Comedy

by Adele C. Scafuro
 

This book explores the ways in which legal disputes were settled out of court in fourth-century BC Athens and in second-century BC Rome. After examining pretrial scenarios in the Attic orators and comparable ones in Roman legal sources, the author turns to the plays of Greek New Comedy and their later Roman adaptations. There she identifies similar scenarios,

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This book explores the ways in which legal disputes were settled out of court in fourth-century BC Athens and in second-century BC Rome. After examining pretrial scenarios in the Attic orators and comparable ones in Roman legal sources, the author turns to the plays of Greek New Comedy and their later Roman adaptations. There she identifies similar scenarios, especially in disputes concerning sexual violations, the marriages of heiresses, and divorces, and shows that recognition of legal scenarios aids interpretation of New Comedy texts.

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"Adele Scafuro has written an ambitious but difficult book, remarkable in the breadth and detail of its scholarship ..." William M. Owens, New England Classical Journal

"Indispensible to serious students of Greek comedy and society, it deserves a wider readership for its expertise and sheer human interest." Elaine Fantham, Classical World

"This important study of law and New Comedy is the first major work on the subject since Paoli's 1962 monograph. [Scafuro] is meticulous in assessing this rich and challenging material...." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This book gives a thorough treatment of all scenes and references in Greek comedy and oratory and Latin comedy to public and private arbitration mechanisms. Conclusions are usefully summarized at the end of chapters, and all examples listed in the appendixes. The book is distinguished by admirable common sense." William J. Slater, Religious Studies Review

"...The Forensic Stage is an extremely useful book..." Phoenix

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521607070
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

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