Fragments of Old Comedy, Volume I: Alcaeus to Diocles

Fragments of Old Comedy, Volume I: Alcaeus to Diocles

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The era of Old Comedy (c. 485 – c. 380 BCE), when theatrical comedy was created and established, is best known through the extant plays of Aristophanes, but there were many other poets whose comedies survive only in fragments. This new Loeb edition, the most extensive selection of the fragments available in English, presents the work of fifty-six poets, including Cratinus and Eupolis, the other members (along with Aristophanes) of the canonical Old Comic triad.

For each poet and play there is an introduction, brief notes, and select bibliography. Also included is a selection of ancient testimonia to Old Comedy, nearly one hundred unattributed fragments (both book and papyri), and descriptions of twenty-five vase-paintings illustrating Old Comic scenes. The texts are based on the monumental edition of Kassel and Austin, updated to reflect the latest scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674996625
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 06/30/2011
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #513
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ian C. Storey is Professor of Classics at Trent University.

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