This dissertation examines the frequently astonishing role for the slave characters of Greek Old Comedy in intimate humor

This dissertation examines the frequently astonishing role for the slave characters of Greek Old Comedy in intimate humor

Building on work we started in my own 2009 Classical Quarterly article («An Aristophanic Slave: comfort 819-1126»). The slave characters of the latest and Roman comedy have actually very long been the main topic of effective interest that is scholarly slave characters in Old Comedy, by comparison, have obtained reasonably small attention (the only real substantial research being Stefanis 1980). Yet a closer appearance in the ancestors for the subsequent, more familiar comic slaves provides brand brand new views on Greek attitudes toward intercourse and status that is social in addition to just just what an Athenian audience expected from and enjoyed latin dating in Old Comedy. Furthermore, my arguments about how to read passages that are several slave characters, if accepted, has bigger implications for the interpretation of specific performs.

The chapter that is first the stage for the conversation of «sexually presumptive» slave characters by dealing with the thought of sexual relations between slaves and free feamales in Greek literature generally speaking and Old Comedy in specific.