September 30, 2011
Greek Old Comedy
-Greek culture normally too phalluses seriously
-Appeared across athens as symbols of fertility and strength
-Be aware of the phalluses worn by male characters in old comedy; they are frequently part of
Comic Theory (1): Fertility
-Old comedy end with the joyus celebration
-Aristotle believed old comedy derived from the "komos", a ritual drunken procession involving
-A related modern theory: comedies derive from fertility rituals that celebrate rebirth after
Comedy theory (2): The Social "Safety Valve"
-Topsy-turvy is a popular source of comedy in the ancient world
-In it, the "low" in society temporarily become the "rulers"
-The characters may learn something, but they "correc