Athenian comedy is firmly entrenched in the classical canon, but imperial authors debated, dissected and redirected comic texts, plots and language of Aristophanes, Menander, and their rivals in ways that reflect the non-Athenocentric, pan-Mediterranean performance culture of the imperial era. Although the reception of tragedy beyond its own contemporary era has been studied, the legacy of Athenian comedy in the Roman world is less well understood.
This volume offers the first expansive treatment of the reception of Athenian comedy in the Roman Empire. These engaged and engaging studies examine the lasting impact of classical Athenian comic drama. Demonstrating a variety of methodologies and scholarly perspectives, sources discussed include papyri, mosaics, stage history, epigraphy and a broad range of literature such as dramatic works in Latin and Greek, including verse satire, essays, and epistolary fiction.
Tom Hawkins is Associate Professor of Classics at Ohio State University, USA, and the author of Iambic Poetics in the Roman Empire (2014). C. W. Marshall is Professor of Greek at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His publications include The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy (2006), Classics and Comics (2011) and No Laughing Matter (Bloomsbury, 2012) and The Structure and Performance of Euripides' Helen (2014).
Acknowledgements 1. Ignorance and the Reception of Comedy in Antiquity Tom Hawkins and C. W. Marshall 2. Juvenal and the Revival of Greek New Comedy at Rome Mathias Hanses 3. Parrhesia and Pudenda: Genital Pathology and Satiric Speech Julia Nelson Hawkins 4. Dio Chrysostom and the Naked Parabasis Tom Hawkins 5. Favorinus and the Comic Adultery Plot Ryan Samuels 6. Comedies and Comic Actors in the Greek East: An Epigraphical Perspective Fritz Graf 7. Plutarch, Epitomes, and Athenian Comedy C. W. Marshall 8. Lucian's Aristophanes: On Understanding Old Comedy in the Roman Imperial Period Ralph M. Rosen 9. Exposing Frauds: Lucian and Comedy Ian C. Storey 10. Revoking Comic License: Aristides' Or. 29 and the Performance of C Comedy Anna Peterson 11. Aelian and Comedy: Four Studies C. W. Marshall 12. The Menandrian world of Alciphron's Letters Melissa Funke 13. Two Clouded Marriages: Aristainetos' Allusions to Aristophanes' Clouds in Letters 2.3 and 2.12 Emilia A. Barbiero