Nature, Culture, and the Origins of Greek Comedy: A Study of Animal Choruses (Hardback)Kenneth S. Rothwell, Jr (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 697 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 24 mm
'In efficient and engaging prose, [Rothwell] exhaustively collects virtually all the known evidence pertaining to Greek animal choruses, both literary (poetic, historical and philosophical) and visual (iconographic and plastic), and analyses them with just the right mixture of caution and speculation ... This is a most welcome project ... [he] combines ... scholarly approaches with philological and art-historical expertise, and has produced one of the most important contributions to the complex debates about the origins of Greek comedy in many decades.' Journal of Hellenic Studies
'Attic comedy's origins and the appearance of animal choruses in late fifth-century comedy have been matters frequently debated in classical scholarship. Kenneth Rothwell's study offers a stimulating contribution to both debates ... [he] has given us an intriguing new perspective from which to view both comedy's late fifth-century animal choruses and the possible impact of the aristocratic symposion on Athenian drama. I suspect that it will generate a significant amount of further discussion.' Classical Bulletin
'[An] excellent book ... R[othwell]'s arguments are presented in a convincing manner and the amount of evidence he provides is impressive. He shows compellingly that animal choruses have a variety of origins, not just in ritual. His interpretations of the complete and the fragmentary plays are thoughtful and convincing.' Classical Review
'Clearly, R[othwell]'s is a work of classical scholarship, a field of discourse that has its own rules for participation, and Origins proceeds accordingly - and is generally successful.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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