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No RegretsRemorse in Classical Antiquity$
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Laurel Fulkerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668892.001.0001

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Comedy Means (Almost) Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Comedy Means (Almost) Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

(p.114) 5 Comedy Means (Almost) Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
No Regrets

Laurel Fulkerson

Oxford University Press

This chapter, a discussion of both Greek and Roman new comedy, explores the relationship between youth and remorse that has previously been adumbrated. In comedy, a topsy-turvy genre, the young are rarely remorseful. Instead, remorse is displaced onto their fathers, especially when those fathers are competitors for the favours of women. Even here, however, the expression of remorse is seen as a degrading punishment for the fathers, lowering their status even further.

Keywords:   Plautus, Terence, Menander, [Latin word] senes, [Latin word] adulescentes

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