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Aelius Donatus and His Commentary on Terence’s Comedies  

Chrysanthi Demetriou

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
The chapter begins with a short overview of the history, structure, and themes of the commentary on Terence composed by the grammarian Aelius Donatus. The main discussion explores the ... More

Animal Events  

Donald G. Kyle

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
Animal events, shows and hunts of beasts (venationes), were prominent, popular, and enduring Roman entertainments. Modern debates concerning ecology and animals have increased interest, and ... More

Animal Supply  

Michael MacKinnon

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
Animals of all types, be these domestic or wild, native or exotic, were routinely required for spectacles and events in the Graeco-Roman world, most notably, perhaps, in the context of the ... More

Appendices  

Eftychia Bathrellou

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
The year 1973 saw the publication of the first comprehensive collection of comic papyri, Colin Austin's Comicorum Graecorum Fragmenta in Papyris Reperta (CGFP). This appendix summarizes all ... More

Aristophanes1  

Bernhard Zimmermann

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter offers an overview of Aristophanes based on current research. Specific features of Aristophanes’s language, his metrics, and the structures of his comedies are analyzed; these ... More

Athletic Contests in Contexts of Epic and Other Related Archaic Texts  

Gregory Nagy

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
The ritual ordeal of the athlete re-enacts the ordeals of the warrior, and, like heroic deeds, athletic activity compensates for the athlete’s mortality as the athlete figuratively dies a ... More

Athletic Images and the Monumentalization of Victory  

Wendy J. Raschke

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
The monuments created by the Greeks to celebrate victories were of many kinds, as were the victories celebrated. The focus of the present discussion is monuments associated with success in ... More

Athletic Participation, Training, and Adolescent Education  

David M. Pritchard

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
In Classical Athens athletics consisted of the sporting contests that were staged as part of festivals and the classes of an athletics teacher. Lessons in the standard sporting events were ... More

The Beginnings of Roman Comedy  

Peter G. McC. Brown

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter examines the early development of ludi scaenici (dramatic festivals) at Rome and the introduction there of fabulae palliatae (the type of drama now known as Roman comedy) by ... More

Between Two Paradigms: Plautus  

Michael Fontaine

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses the twenty-one Roman comedies of T. Maccius Plautus in the light of two predominantly competing modern paradigms, here called the "Saturnalian" and the "Hellenistic." ... More

Circuses and Hippodromes  

Peter J. Holliday

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
The circus was the grandest of all sites in antiquity for public spectacles. Focusing on the development of its form reveals its origins in Greek hippodromes and Etruscan arenas for ... More

Coins  

Nathan T. Elkins

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
The evidence provided by coins has not been systematically incorporated in studies of ancient sport and spectacle. Coins are a source material as important as other documentary and visual ... More

The Colosseum  

Hazel Dodge

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
This chapter provides an overview of the uses and structural history of the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre constructed in the Roman world. Romans knew it as the ‘Amphitheatrum ... More

Combat Sports and Gladiatorial Combat in Greek and Roman Private Art  

Shelby Brown

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
The private art of violent Greek and Roman competitions shows iconic moments commemorated by ordinary fans and a wealthy elite. The depictions assume a viewer who understands the rules and ... More

Comedy  

David Konstan

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
Aristotle remarks in The Parts of Animals that ‘man is the only animal that laughs’, and comedy, the object of which is to produce laughter, is a particularly human phenomenon. As such, it ... More

Comedy in the Fourth Century I: Mythological Burlesques  

Ioannis M. Konstantakos

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
Comedies burlesquing traditional Greek mythical stories flourished in the Athenian theater especially between 400 and 340 BCE. Antecedents are found already in fifth-century drama ... More

Comedy in the Fourth Century II: Politics and Domesticity  

Jeffrey Henderson

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter traces the development of political and domestic themes and types of comedy in the fourth century from their origins in the fifth and finds both variety and continuity, though ... More

Comedy in the Late Fourth and Early Third Centuries bce  

Adele C. Scafuro

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses trends in the production of fourth-century comedies (revivals, prizes for comic actors), and considers these and other trends through the perspective of an imaginary ... More

Contests in Context: Gladiatorial Inscriptions and Graffiti  

Anne Hrychuk Kontokosta

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Sep 2021
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Oct 2021
Inscriptions, dating mostly to the second and third centuries ce, and graffiti offer first-hand perspectives on the lives of gladiators and the organization of Roman spectacles. Examples ... More

Crossing Conceptual Worlds: Greek Comedy and Philosophy  

David Konstan

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
Philosophers are a natural object of fun and parody, and ancient Greek comedy took full advantage of the possibilities for spoofing their utopian projects, technical language, scientific ... More

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