The Forensic Stage
Settling Disputes in Graeco-Roman New Comedy
By (author) Adele C. Scafuro
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Forensic Stage by Adele C. Scafuro
Book DescriptionGraeco-Roman New Comedy has traditionally provided a source for legal historians examining the language and operation of law both in Athens in the fourth century and in Rome in the second century BC. Adele Scafuro here provides the first comprehensive treatment in English of one crucial area of this vast field, namely, the way legal disputes are settled out of court in Athens, both on and off the comic stage. Beginning with a close examination of pre-trial scenarios in the Attic orators and looking for comparable ones in pre-classical Roman law, Dr Scafuro then turns to the plays of Greek New Comedy and their adaptations by Plautus and Terence. There she identifies similar scenarios especially in disputes concerning sexual violations, the marriages of heiresses, and divorces. She shows how the recognition of legal procedures aids interpretation of New Comedy texts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521443838
(228mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adele C. Scafuro
Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy, Hardback (April 2014)
The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction to and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From its birth in Greece to its end in Rome, from its Hellenistic to its Imperial receptions, no topic is neglected. The 41 essays offer cutting-edge guides through comedy's immense terrain.
Forensic Stage, Paperback (June 2004)
This pioneering work explores how legal disputes were settled out of court in fourth-century BC Athens and second-century BC Rome.
Athenian Identity and Civic Ideology, Paperback (April 2002)» View all books by Adele C. Scafuro
In the final essays, with their focus on the fourth and third centuries, Adele Scafuro discusses the process of citizen identification in Athenian society; Cynthia Patterson examines the position of women in the maintenance of civic ideology; and David Konstan considers the relationship between sexual attitudes and civic status.
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