Comedy and the Rise of Rome
By (author) Matthew Leigh
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Comedy and the Rise of Rome by Matthew Leigh
Book DescriptionComedy and the Rise of Rome invites the reader to consider Roman comedy in the light of history and Roman history in the light of comedy. Plautus and Terence base their dramas on the New Comedy of fourth- and third-century BC Greece. Yet many of the themes with which they engage are peculiarly alive in the Rome of the Hannibalic war, and the conquest of Macedon. This study takes issues as diverse as the legal status of the prisoner of war, the ethics of ambush, fatherhood and command, and the clash of maritime and agrarian economies, and examines responses to them both on the comic stage and in the world at large. This is a substantially new departure in ways of thinking about Roman comedy and one that opens it up to a far wider public than has previously been the case.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199266760
(223mm x 145mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This is a study of how Greek and Latin writers describe curious, meddlesome, and exaggerated behaviour. Founded on a family of Greek terms, and the Latin words used to describe them, Leigh surveys how they were used in Greek literature from the 5th and 4th centuries BC and their Latin usage in relation to Hellenistic and imperial Greek.
Comedy and the Rise of Rome, Paperback (October 2005)
This is an original study of the plays of the two great Roman comic playwrights Plautus and Terence in the context of political and economic change in Rome in the third and second centuries BC. Matthew Leigh combines a close reading of individual texts with a theoretically sophisticated approach to Roman self-construction.
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Author Biography - Matthew Leigh
Matthew Leigh is Fellow and Tutor in Classical Languages and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford
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