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Cratinus and the Art of Comedy
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Cratinus and the Art of Comedy

Emmanuela Bakola


Cratinus, one of the great lost poets of fifth-century Athenian comedy and a canonical author of the classical world, had a formative influence on the comic genre, including Aristophanes himself. In what is the first major monograph in the best part of a century devoted to this author, Emmanuela Bakola offers a modern, comprehensive overview of Cratinus and his position within the genre of Greek comedy using a methodologically innovative approach. Unlike traditional ways of addressing fragmentary drama, this book does not merely reconstruct plays or texts, but by drawing on a range of hermeneu ... More

Keywords: Cratinus, comedy, genre, Aristophanes, comic fragments, persona, rivalry, satyr play, stagecraft, paratragedy, political comedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199569359
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emmanuela Bakola, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Greek and Latin, University College London
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