Ancient Comedy and Reception. Essays in Honor of Jeffrey by S. Douglas Olson (ed.)

By S. Douglas Olson (ed.)

This assortment offers an summary of the reception historical past of a huge literary style from Greco-Roman antiquity to the current day. taking a look first at Athenian comedian poets and comedy within the Roman Empire, the amount is going directly to talk about Greco-Roman comedy's reception through the a long time. It concludes with a glance on the sleek period, making an allowance for literary translations and degree productions in addition to sleek media similar to radio and picture.

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82–3): si mala condiderit in quem quis carmina ius est iudiciumque. If someone shall have composed bad verses23 against another, there’s always the law and the lawcourts. The tone of this satire is lighthearted and ironic, and the issue of constraint and verbal libertas is deployed more as a trope than as a somber cri de coeur. But the trope derives from some of the paradoxes of suppression we have been considering, in which a person might feel an almost perverse thrill at the threat of constraint or censorship even as he complains about it, and at the peculiar co-dependent relationship that can develop with the censoring agent.

If someone shall have composed bad verses23 against another, there’s always the law and the lawcourts. The tone of this satire is lighthearted and ironic, and the issue of constraint and verbal libertas is deployed more as a trope than as a somber cri de coeur. But the trope derives from some of the paradoxes of suppression we have been considering, in which a person might feel an almost perverse thrill at the threat of constraint or censorship even as he complains about it, and at the peculiar co-dependent relationship that can develop with the censoring agent.

105–9. g. at Ap. ” It was Socrates’ speech—indeed, the relentlessness of it, which was a form of “bad” parrhêsia for the Athenians—that made him a dangerous man. When he imagines for a moment (Ap. 29c) what he might say if the court allowed him to go free on the condition that he give up the practice of philosophy—which is to say, that he accept restrictions on his speech—he regards this as unthinkable. ” In the two famous Platonic dialogues that address the charges explicitly, the Apology and the Crito, Socrates displays a complex and, to us, often frustrating attitude toward his speech and the constraints upon it.

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