The Rivals of Aristophanes (Hardcover)

Studies in Athenian Old Comedy

By David Harvey (Editor), John Wilkins (Editor), Myfanwy Tristram (Illustrator)

Classical Press of Wales, 9780715630457, 556pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2002

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The work of the 'other' comic poets of classical Athens, those who competed with, and in some cases defeated, their (eventually) better-known fellow comedian, Aristophanes, has almost eluded the historical record. The poetry of Cratinus, Phrynichos, Eupolis and the rest has survived only in tantalising, often tiny, fragments and citations. Modern studies in this field have themselves often been difficult of access. Here an exceptional cast of scholars, including most of the leading international authorities, provides a set of 28 interpretative essays to cover every one of these 'other' poets of Athenian Old Comedy for whom significant evidence survives. The work includes a comprehensive bibliography, and is a landmark in the study of Old Comedy.

About the Author

David Harvey has co-edited Crux: Studies presented to G.E.M. de Ste Croix, and together with his wife Hazel has translated Karl Rheinhardt's Sophocles and Richard Heinze's Virgil's Epic Technique. John Wilkins is the author of the Oxford commentary on Euripides' Heraclidae; Archestratus: The Life of Luxury, and The Boastful Chef: The Discourse of Food in Ancient Greek Comedy. He is co-editor of Athenaeus and his World. David Harvey and John Wilkins are also joint editors of Food in Antiquity.