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September 30, 2011 Greek Old Comedy Phalli -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 the actions Comic Theory (1): Fertility -Old comedy end with the joyus celebration -Aristotle believed old comedy derived from the "komos", a ritual drunken procession involving phalluses -A related modern theory: comedies derive from fertility rituals that celebrate rebirth after winter 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
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