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date: 15 September 2019

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This chapter traces achievements of comedy scholars since the 1960s and ’70s, seeing them collectively as amalgamating the interdisciplinary study of ancient comedy and producing a vision of comedy: its own longue durée. In the realm of performance studies and theater texts, T. B. L. Webster’s early studies of theater artifacts made way for later volumes on the monuments of tragedy, satyr play, and comedy, and culminated in the latest edition in 1995, revised by J. R. Green and A. Seeberg. New critical texts of Aristophanic scholia (the “Groningen edition”) began to appear in 1960 and were completed in 2007. Other scholarly works show a similar trajectory (studies, translations, editions, and collections by A. Sommerstein, J. Henderson, C. Questa, E. Handley, G. Arnott, A. Blanchard, C. Austin, and R. Kassel). Poetae Comici Graeci is preeminent among them, allowing us to see, alongside epigraphic and archaeological evidence, the longue durée of comedy and its geographical spread. Our perspective on comedy is now vastly different than it was sixty years ago.

Keywords: performance studies, Groningen edition, T. B. L Webster, J. R. Green, A. Seeberg, A. Sommerstein, J. Henderson, E. Handley, C. Questa, G. Arnott, A. Blanchard, C. Austin, R. Kassel, Poetae Comici Graeci

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