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By S. Douglas Olson

A suite of over 2 hundred of the main fascinating and significant fragments of Greek comedy, followed by means of a statement; an in depth advent discussing the heritage of comedian style; a chain of appendixes at the person poets, the inscriptional facts, and so forth; and a whole translation of the fragments. person sections illustrate the earliest Greek comedy from Syracuse; the attribute positive aspects of Athenian `Old', `Middle', and `New Comedy'; the comedian presentation of politicians, philosophers, and ladies; the comedian reception of different poetry; and lots of facets of lifestyle, together with eating and symposia.

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And a young man who holds a staff and says ΝΟΡΑΡΕΤΤΕΒΛΟ, which has never been explained as Greek and is generally taken to be barbarian-talk (all = adesp. com. fr. 57). To the left and seemingly at a distance from the action is an adolescent boy with 33 Heydemann, JDAI 1 (1886), 260–313; cf. Körte (1893), 61–2; DTC 266–9; Wüst, RE 20 (1950), 292–306; Trendall 9 (who seems, however, to want to have things both ways, by arguing that ‘This sort of comedy reached its highest level in the work of .

Only one verse of Aristoxenus survives, τ αλαζον αν πλε σταν παρ χει τ ν ανθρ πων; το μα´ντει (‘Who supplies the most bullshit? The seers’; an anapaestic tetrameter catalectic), and its authenticity is disputed; but in any case no ancient source claims that Aristoxenus wrote comedies. 30 The sepulchral epigram on Rhinton by Nossis of Epizephyrian Locris (HE 2827–30 = AP vii. 414 = test. 3) asks the passer-by to laugh as he remembers him, and notes that he gained success in the theatre with his ‘tragic phlyakes’.

99; 192). Nothing proves, however, that he had read even these two plays, and the fact that both quotations are found in the company of a number of others, including in each case some lines from Teleclides, whose comedies were almost certainly not available outside of major libraries (if at all) in the 84 See also Arnott, in Rivals, 4–8. The Deipnosophists is preserved in three manuscripts: A represents the unabridged text but is incomplete, whereas C and E are independent copies of an epitomized version, which they preserve in its entirety.

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