Greek Comedy


in Homosexuality in Greece and Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520223813
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936508 | DOI:
Greek Comedy

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Attic (Athenian) comedy is particularly useful for the study of homosexuality in virtue of its characteristic explicitness in sexual matters. Moreover, it provides insight into what may have been prevailing popular attitudes toward the practice. Attic comedy is generally divided into three phases: Old (486–400 B.C.E.), Middle (400–325 B.C.E.), and New (after 325 B.C.E.). The most complete description of traditional man-boy pederasty comes in Clouds. Comparatively little has been written concerning homosexuality in Greek comedy. Fragments from Knights, Clouds, Wasps, Birds, Thesmophoria Women, Frogs, Wealth, Triple Phallus, The All-Seeing Ones, The Dippers, Spittle, Kitchen or All-Night Revel, The Mede, Sappho, Sleep, Helen, Phaedrus, Dithyramb, Odysseus, Fisherwoman, and Theseus are presented.

Keywords: attic comedy; homosexuality; Knights; Clouds; Wasps; Birds; Thesmophoria Women; Frogs; Wealth; Triple Phallus

Chapter.  12449 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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