The Origin of Attic Comedy

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Contents

The Data for Inquiry
1
The Structure of an Aristophanic Play
2
Some current Theories of the Origin of Comedy
3
Marriage and Kômos
8
The Exodoi of the Plays
9
The Problem of the final Marriage
16
The Sacred Marriage 7 The Sacred Marriage 8 The New God and the New King
20
The New Zeus in the Birds
21
Lamachus
76
Socrates
77
Euripides
78
Aeschylus
79
the Sausageseller Agoracritus
80
Cleon
81
The absence of individual characterisation
82
Summary and conclusions
83

The Sacred Marriage of Dionysus and the Queen at Athens
24
The New Zeus in the Plutus
25
Trygaeus as Bellerophon in the Peace
27
The New Zeus in the Clouds
28
Survivals of these rites in folk plays
30
The New King in the Knights and the Frogs
31
The Women Plays
33
THE PHALLIC SONGS 16 Aristotles Statements about the Origin of Comedy 17 The Fourth Chapter of the Poetics
35
The Phallic Song in the Acharnians
37
The form and content of the Phallic Song
38
The same elements in the Parabasis
45
The incompleteness of Aristotles statement
46
The essential content of phallic rites
48
The transition to ritual drama
51
The Festival Plays in Northern Greece
62
AGON SACRIFICE AND FEAST
70
The Old Woman and the Young Woman
84
The list of Stock Masks in the Old Comedy
85
The Masks in the New Comedy
86
Aristophanes on Vulgar Comedy
87
The Peloponnesian Mime and its derivatives
88
The Stock Masks in Vulgar Comedy
89
Rejuvenation in other plays
90
The Affinities of these forms of drama
91
How does such a set of stock masks originate
92
The Significance of the Sacrifice and Feast
99
VI
105
Choral matches in abuse aio xpoloyiai
111
The mediaeval Débat
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