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Author Leigh, Matthew

Title Comedy and the rise of Rome / Matthew Leigh
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004


Description 1 online resource (xi, 241 pages)
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Plautus and Hannibal -- 3. The Captivi and the Paradoxes of Postliminium -- 4. City, Land, and Sea: New Comedy and the Discourse of Economics
Summary "Comedy and the Rise of Rome invites the reader to consider Roman comedy in the light of history and Roman history in the light of comedy. Plautus and Terence base their dramas on the New Comedy of fourth- and third-century BC Greece. Yet many of the themes with which they engage are peculiarly alive in the Rome of the Hannibalic war, and the conquest of Macedon. This study takes issues as diverse as the legal status of the prisoner of war, the ethics of ambush, fatherhood and command, and the clash of maritime and agrarian economies, and examines responses to them both on the comic stage and in the world at large. This is an intriguing new departure in ways of thinking about Roman comedy and one that opens it up to a far wider public than has previously been the case."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-202) and indexes
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Subject Plautus, Titus Maccius -- Knowledge -- History
Terence -- Knowledge -- History
Plautus, Titus Maccius
Latin drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism
History, Ancient, in literature.
Literature and history -- Rome
DRAMA -- Ancient, Classical & Medieval.
History, Ancient, in literature
Latin drama (Comedy)
Literature and history
Romeinse republiek.
Politieke aspecten.
Sociale aspecten.
Rome -- Historiography
Rome (Empire)
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781423784715