Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 September 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter sets out to recapture the generic variety of Old Comedy by examining three major comic poets of Aristophanes’s generation (Eupolis, Strattis, and Plato comicus) and their dramatic output in relation to his struggle to control his place in the comic canon. The chapter offers new readings of significant fragments of the extant oeuvre of these poets. Eupolis emerges as a “double” poetic personality: the heir to the stormy and pungent Cratinean mode, but also the generic innovator who causes comedy to reach the heights of the epic sublime. Strattis makes generic instability between comedy and tragedy a theme of his plots. The “inventor” of demagogue comedy, Plato comicus also dramatizes plot-crafting in ways that foreshadow the world of Plautine comedy.

Keywords: genre, Old Comedy, Aristophanes, Eupolis, Strattis, Plato comicus, canon, fragments, Cratinus, sublime, epic, tragedy, demagogue comedy, Plautus

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.