Building on work we started during my 2009 Classical article that is quarterly”An Aristophanic Slave: comfort 819-1126″). The slave characters of the latest and Roman comedy have traditionally been the topic of effective scholarly interest; slave characters in Old Comedy, in comparison, have obtained reasonably small attention (the only real substantial research being Stefanis 1980). Yet a better look in the ancestors for the subsequent, more familiar comic slaves provides brand brand brand new views on Greek attitudes toward intercourse and status that is social along with exactly exactly exactly what an Athenian audience expected from and enjoyed in Old Comedy. Furthermore, my arguments on how to read passages that are several slave characters, if accepted, may have bigger implications for the interpretation of specific plays.
The very first chapter sets the phase when it comes to conversation of “sexually presumptive” slave characters by dealing with the thought of sexual relations between slaves and free ladies in Greek literature generally speaking and Old Comedy in specific. We first examine the various (non-comic) remedies with this theme in Greek historiography, then its exploitation for comic impact within the mimiamb that is fifth of plus in Machon’s Chreiai. Finally, I argue that funny recommendations to intimate relations between slaves and free ladies in the extant comedies blur the line between free and servant so that you can maintain a far more rigid difference between relatively wealthy Athenian citizen men and a lesser class comprising slaves, metics, foreigners, together with poorest Athenian residents.
Chapter two examines the things I term the “sexually presumptive” slave characters of Old Comedy.
We argue that the viewers may also be built to determine having a male talking slave character who threatens to usurp the intimate part of their master and/or exposes free female characters to intimate remark, jokes, manhandling, and innuendo. Devamını Oku