Greek Comedy in the Roman Empire

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Greek Comedy in the Roman Empire

APA January 2-5, 2014 145th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

Appel à contributions
Date limite : 1er février 2013


C. W. Marshall, University of British Columbia
Tom Hawkins, Ohio State University

The development of Comedy from the fifth to the second centuries BCE, from the Old Comedy of Cratinus, Eupolis, and Aristophanes through Menander and into the fabulae palliatae of Rome, is well established. This panel proposes to consider the legacy of Greek comedy beyond this point, into the Roman Empire.
We wish to examine this history in its diverse representations, both formal (such as the role of comedy in Imperial education) and informal (such as the use of ‘classical' Greek comedy in mosaic and other decoration for symposia). We are particularly interested in the use of Greek comedy as a reference-point in the literature and culture of the Second Sophistic. This embraces the preservation of comedy in book fragments and papyrus (and the differences between these), how imperial Greek literary styles were shaped by the dialogue of New Comedy and through the practical concerns of performance, the relationship between the humor of comedy and mime, and what jokes remain funny five-to-eight centuries after they were first conceived.



For this call, we urge contributors to interpret the remit broadly. Possible topics include:
- allusion to Aristophanes and Menander in Lucian, Alciphron, etc.;
- the comic canon as known to Plutarch and Athenaeus;
- papyrus evidence of detailed commentaries on classical Greek comedy;
- anecdotes about playwrights or comic actors in the biographical tradition;
- the use of comedy as part of the decorations of sympotic settings;
- evidence for comic performances in the Roman period, such as possibly the Terentian miniatures;
- reactions against humor or comedy; etc.

We also welcome proposals that may transgress traditional boundaries in productive ways, with analyses of Latin authors, extensions of the Second Sophistic beyond the traditional cut-off date that coincides with the third-century decline in the epigraphic record, or imperial receptions of Hellenistic comedies.
Please send your anonymous abstract (of no more than one page in length) for a 20 minute paper as a PDF attachment to the APA office at Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. by February 1, 2013. Be sure to mention the title of the panel and to provide complete contact information and any AV requests in the body of your email. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously. You will be notified of our decision by March 1, 2013.


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