Classical Studies 1000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Plautus, Euripides, Phallus

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Unlikely tragedy, comedy only rarely works when performed directly from translation. Comedy can be very particular in reference to political and social events of its time. Translation is difficult in that humour can be based closely on pronunciation of words in relation to each other (e. g. , puns), and further in specific dialects of a single language. Began in attica (area around athens) and was exported widely throughout the greek world. Reached apulia in southern italy by the 4th century bce. New comedy (up until 1955, only a few quotations. Now half a dozen nearly complete plays have been found at oxyrhynchus). Like tragedy (tragodia = goat song"), comedy seems to have developed within the cult of. Komodia = song of the komos" or song of the village (kome). ". Komos the drunken parade home after a symposium, which was an event inspired by dionysus and done in his honour. Performed in festivals of dionysus, the city dionysia and the lenaia.

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