Comic Angels: And Other Approaches to Greek Drama through by Oliver Taplin

By Oliver Taplin

This e-book opens a overlooked bankruptcy within the reception of Athenian drama, in particular comedy, and provides heart degree to a very beautiful and exciting sequence of vase-paintings that have typically been considered as marginal curiosities. those are the so-called "phylax vases," approximately all painted in Greek towns of South Italy within the interval four hundred to 360 B.C. previously, they've been taken to mirror a kind of neighborhood folk-theater, yet Taplin argues that the majority, if now not all, mirror Athenian comedy of the kind represented by way of Aristophanes. His daring thesis brings up questions about the relation of tragedy in addition to comedy to vase portray, the cultural weather of the Greek towns in Italy, and the level to which Athenians have been conscious of drama as a possible "export." It additionally enriches appreciation of many key elements of Aristophanic comedy. The ebook has assembled forty six pictures of vase-paintings, many revealed the following for the 1st time open air expert courses now not easily accessible.

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