Cratinus and the Satyr Play
Chapter 2 picks up on the theme of interaction with other genres and demonstrates how one of Cratinus' comedies, Dionysalexandros, operated throughout by cross‐generic play with satyr drama. Based on a fresh examination of the original papyrus POxy 663, and the satyr drama pattern of Dionysalexandros, it goes on to offer a reconstruction of the lost part of the papyrus hypothesis. By discussing material from fragmentary (Satyroi) and extant comedy (Peace, Birds), as well as vase‐paintings inspired by dramatic productions (the painting formerly known as ‘Getty Birds’, and the ‘Cleveland Dionysus’) it goes on to show that comic poets were actively exploring the possibilities of cross‐fertilization between comedy and satyr play to a far greater extent than current scholarship allows. With Dionysalexandros Cratinus offered one of the boldest cross‐generic experiments of fifth‐century drama.
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