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chapter 3 ancient athenian comedy
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Komoi, satyr plays, poets of Syracuse
origins of Athenian comedy
comedy arose from this (phallic songs) songs that were performed during fertility festivals
famously goofy and funny The raunchy lighthearted play that followed the trilogy of tragedies in the festival of Dionysus
comedy from 486BCE Aristophanes, plays are bawdy and goofy with lots of drunk and fart jokes included fantastical elements and allegorical figures
abstract concept that is personified, ex: peace is a character on stage
often full of satirical comedy of life in Athens , he makes fun of politicians and famous figures
plays turn into demestic plots and retelling of myths due to pelopenesians war causing a shift in the comedy genres
domestic family issues and the function of the chorus is very reduced the only of this comedy to exist is Dyskolos by Menander
- Athens and Sparta were negotiating for peace at this time. The hero Trygaeus, a farmer, climbs Mount Olympus to ask Zeus for peace. But the gods have fled and Peace is trapped in a cave. Trygaeus frees Peace; the farmers drive away war profiteers and praise their hero.
- Athens had just suffered terrible defeat in Sicily; Sparta had just made an alliance with Persia. Earlier plays included satires on actual political leaders; here the plot is truly fantastic for the Athenians, as women with no voice in politics force the warring cities into peace.
- The women refuse to have sex until they are heard
Many dick jokes
- Offers insight into the social critique and structural elements of old comedy
- Socrates was a character in the play
o He was put to death for corrupting the youth of Athens , he was not known for teaching wrong arguments like Sophists ( taught persuasive speech for any occasion)
- Points out the decline old traditions "soon all young men will flay their elders hide"
o Says the young generation do not observe old customs
play found in Egypt o The god Pan has caused the rich young Athenian Sostratos to fall in love with the daughter of the Grouch Knemon. After a series of misadventures in which Sostratos tries to win the hand of the daughter, the Grouch falls into a well offstage; Sostratos helps Gorgias, the stepson of Knemon, rescue the Grouch. Knemon grudgingly allows Sostratos to marry his daughter. Gorgias is then offered the hand of the sister of Sostratos, and the families celebrate with an all-night feast and dance party at the Pan shrine.
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