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By S. Douglas Olson

A set of over two hundred of the main attention-grabbing and significant fragments of Greek comedy, followed through a remark; an intensive creation discussing the heritage of comedian style; a chain of appendixes at the person poets, the inscriptional proof, and so forth; and a whole translation of the fragments. person sections illustrate the earliest Greek comedy from Syracuse; the attribute good points of Athenian `Old', `Middle', and `New Comedy'; the comedian presentation of politicians, philosophers, and girls; the comedian reception of alternative poetry; and plenty of elements of everyday life, together with eating and symposia.

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65 Nesselrath 241–80. 66 Although see S. Lape, Reproducing Athens: Menander’s Comedy, Democratic Culture, and the Hellenistic City (Princeton, 2004). 67 See the comments of Rosen, in Dobrov 119–37 (on Plato Comicus). 63 64 24 Introduction retired constantly and irregularly. 68 It is thus difficult to divide up the history of a genre into clear, comprehensive, and discrete periods without ignoring a great deal of recalcitrant evidence. Perhaps more important, there are serious difficulties with the tripartite division that reflect the concerns and biases of Hellenistic scholars and the limits of the material available to them.

3). 52 As for how the ranking was accomplished, we know that sometime before the festivals began, lists of men qualified to serve as judges were drawn up by the ten Athenian tribes, and their names (probably written on pieces of broken pottery) were sealed in jars; and at the beginning of the contest, these jars were opened up and one name drawn from each. But only five votes counted (cf. Zenob. iii. 64, citing Epich. fr. 237; Cratin. fr. 54 The prologue (in which the plot is set up), the parodos (sung or recited by the chorus 51 See DFA 93–5.

65 Nesselrath 241–80. 66 Although see S. Lape, Reproducing Athens: Menander’s Comedy, Democratic Culture, and the Hellenistic City (Princeton, 2004). 67 See the comments of Rosen, in Dobrov 119–37 (on Plato Comicus). 63 64 24 Introduction retired constantly and irregularly. 68 It is thus difficult to divide up the history of a genre into clear, comprehensive, and discrete periods without ignoring a great deal of recalcitrant evidence. Perhaps more important, there are serious difficulties with the tripartite division that reflect the concerns and biases of Hellenistic scholars and the limits of the material available to them.

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