The Rivals of Aristophanes. Studies in Athenian Old Comedy
edited by David Harvey and John Wilkins

ISBN-13: 978-0-7156-3045-7 ISBN-10: 0-7156-3045-8 hardback, xx+556 pp., 2002, GB £60.00

 

The editors: David Harvey has co-edited Crux: Studies presented to G.E.M. de Ste Croix, and together with his wife Hazel has translated Karl Rheinhardt's Sophocles and Richard Heinze's Virgil's Epic Technique. John Wilkins is the author of the Oxford commentary on Euripides' Heraclidae; Archestratus: the Life of Luxury, and The Boastful Chef: the Discourse of Food in Ancient Greek Comedy. He is co-editor of Athenaeus and his World. David Harvey and John Wilkins are also joint editors of Food in Antiquity.

The work of the 'other' comic poets of classical Athens, those who competed with, and in some cases defeated, their (eventually) better-known fellow comedian, Aristophanes, has almost eluded the historical record. The poetry of Cratinus, Phrynichos, Eupolis and the rest has survived only in tantalising, often tiny, fragments and citations. Modern studies in this field have themselves often been difficult of access. Here an exceptional cast of scholars, including most of the leading international authorities, provides a set of 28 interpretative essays to cover every one of these 'other' poets of Athenian Old Comedy for whom significant evidence survives. The work includes a comprehensive bibliography, and is a landmark in the study of Old Comedy.

 

CONTENTS
List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Epigraph Jonathan Swift
Introduction - John Wilkins
Foreword: Frogments - Kenneth Dover
I. MANUSCRIPTS
1. On editing fragments from literary and lexicographic sources - W. Geoffrey Arnott
II. POETS
2. The rivalry between Aristophanes and Kratinos - Wolfgang Luppe
3. Cratinus' Pytine and the construction of the comic self - Ralph M. Rosen
4. Gnesippus paigniagraphos: the comic poets and the erotic mime - James Davidson
5. We didn't know whether to laugh or cry: the case of Karkinos - S. Douglas Olson
6. Hermippus and his catalogue of goods (fr. 63) - Dwora Gilula
7. Phrynichos and his Muses - David Harvey
8. Pherekrates and the women of Old Comedy - Jeffrey Henderson
9. Strattis' Kallippides: the pompous actor from Scythia? - David Braund
10. A portrait of Eupolis: preliminary report - Giorgos Kavvadias
11. POxy. 4301: a new fragment of Eupolis? - Wolfgang Luppe and Ian C. Storey
12. Some problems in Eupolis' Demoi - Ian C. Storey
13. The choice of dead politicians in Eupolis' Demoi: Themistocles' exile, hero-cult and delayed rehabilitation; Pericles and the origins of the Peloponnesian War - Thomas Braun
III. OLD COMEDY TO MIDDLE COMEDY
14. Eupolis and the periodization of Athenian comedy - Heinz-Günther Nesselrath
15. From Old to Middle to New? Aristotle's Poetics and the history of Athenian comedy - Keith Sidwell
IV. LITERARY THEMES
16. Comic plots and the invention of fiction - N.J. Lowe
17. Lyric in the fragments of Old Comedy - Bernhard Zimmermann with a response by David Harvey
18. The language of non-Athenians in Old Comedy - Stephen Colvin
19. Aristophanes versus the rest: comic poetry in Old Comedy - Michael Silk
V. SOCIAL THEMES
20. Myth and ritual in the rivals of Aristophanes - Angus Bowie
21. Edible choruses - John Wilkins with an aegological note by Oliver Rackham
22. Symposiasts, fish-eaters and flatterers: social mobility and moral concerns - Nick Fisher
23. Topikos Oinos: the named wines of Old Comedy - Andrew Dalby
24. Female figures and metapoetry in Old Comedy - Edith Hall
25. Old Comedy and the sophists - Christopher Carey
26. Platon, Eupolis and the 'demagogue-comedy' - Alan H. Sommerstein
27. Life among the savages and escape from the city in Old Comedy - Paola Ceccarelli
28. The World Turned Upside Down: utopia and utopianism in the fragments of Old Comedy - Ian Ruffell
Biographical appendix
General bibliography
Glossary
Index locorum
General index