ACLC 4-2 - ACLC 4/2/08 Old Comedy - Lysistrata classified...

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ACLC 4/2/08 Old Comedy - Lysistrata classified as old comedy o Near time of performance, Athens suffered a demoralizing defeat in Sicily - What was old comedy o In Greece of the Fifth Century BC old comedy was a genre of comedy that displayed great imagination and used cutthroat satire and caricature to ridicule public figures, politics, ideas, trends and institutions o Dialogue and the action sequences rely on vulgarity to get laughs o In the Fourth Century, old comedy was succeeded by a lighter, less caustic form of comedy that centered on fictional characters drawn from everyday life rather than on public figures, politics, and so on. This genre was appropriately labeled new comedy. - Structure o More or less mirrors that of tragedy o Prologos: Prologue that begins the play with dialogue indicating the focus or theme of the play o Parados: (1) Song sung by the chorus when it enters; (2) the moment when the chorus enters. o Episode(s): Scene in which the dialogue involves one nor two characters and the chorus o Agon: a debate between characters o Parabasis: an ode in which the chorus addresses the audience to express opinions of the author including his views on politics, social trends, and
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