The Maculate Muse: Obscene Language in Attic Comedy

Jeffrey Henderson


The pervasive and unrestrained use of obscenity has lengthy been stated as a tremendous characteristic of fifth-century Attic Comedy; no different Western artwork shape is based so seriously at the sexual and scatological dimensions of language. This acclaimed booklet, now in a brand new variation, bargains either a entire dialogue of the dynamics of Greek obscenity and an in depth observation at the terminology itself.

After contrasting the bizarre features of the Greek concept of obscenity to modern day rules, Henderson discusses obscenity's function within the improvement of Attic Comedy, its old origins, kinds, and dramatic functionality. His research of obscene terminology sheds new gentle on Greek tradition, and his dialogue of Greek homosexuality deals a clean corrective to the idealized Platonic view. He additionally appears to be like intimately on the half obscenity performs in each one of Aristophanes' 11 surviving performs. The latter a part of the ebook identifies all of the obscene terminology present in the extant examples of Attic Comedy, either entire performs and fragments. even supposing those terminological entries are prepared in numbered paragraphs akin to a word list, they could even be learn as autonomous essays at the numerous points of comedian obscenity. phrases are defined as they take place in every one person context and with regards to typologically comparable terminology. With newly corrected and up to date philological fabric, this moment version of Maculate Muse will function a useful reference paintings for the learn of Greek drama.

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