Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Satyric PlayThe Evolution of Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Carl Shaw

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199950942

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950942.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 26 May 2019

Comedy and Satyr Drama in Plato and Aristotle

Comedy and Satyr Drama in Plato and Aristotle

Chapter 1 (p.13) Comedy and Satyr Drama in Plato and Aristotle
Satyric Play

Carl A. Shaw

Oxford University Press

Plato and Aristotle overtly maintain a dyadic theory of drama, but the first chapter shows that they represent satyric play as a third theatrical genre with significant connections to comedy. In the conclusion of the Symposium, Plato’s Socrates remarks that the same dramatist can skillfully write both comedy and tragedy. Plato proves this by establishing the dialogue itself as a mixed (“high” and “low” / “tragic” and “comic”) satyr play of sorts. He connects the Symposium’s Erotic and Dionysiac themes to the similarly romantic, “middlebrow” performance of satyr play, even depicting Socrates as a satyric and Erotic figure. Aristotle also undermines his strict theatrical binary in the Poetics when he briefly mentions “satyric” performance. Not only does he subvert his theory that a poet’s nature must match his genre, but he also describes the satyric ethos in language very similar to the description of Middle Comedy offered in his Nicomachean Ethics.

Keywords:   Plato, Symposium, Aristotle, Poetics, Genre

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .