Menander - A courtesan would typically be perceived as...

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New Comedy The frontrunner to modern soap
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Ancient Greek Comedy Old Comedy (5th Century) [Contemporary real characters, rude jokes, slapstick humor] Middle Comedy (Early 4th Century) [Slapstick humor still present but more ‘sophistication’ in the jokes] New Comedy (Late 4th and 3rd Century) [Subtle entertainment, humorous but not hilarious].
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Menander (342 - 291 BC) The founder of theater as we know it, and forerunner of modern soap and light entertainment. The Grouch (Dyskolos) Samia Perikeiromene
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The good courtesan of Menander
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Unformatted text preview: A courtesan would typically be perceived as cynical, uncaring, cold-blooded, a gold-digger, manipulative and untrustworthy. Menandrian plays often reverse the stereotype by presenting courtesans as sincere, caring, loving, and selfless, motivated by genuine love and sincere feelings for the lover. The legacy In later antiquity perceptions of courtesans are changing. They either follow the Menandrian type, or the classical type of the bad courtesan, and often the two stereotypes clash for dramatic effect....
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course CLA 3504 taught by Professor Kapparis during the Spring '11 term at University of Florida.

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