Middle Comedy

Middle Comedy

 

ancient Greek comedy of the fourth century B.C. Middle Comedy depicted everyday life and such common types as the cook, fishmonger, and parasite; it also parodied myths or the treatment of myths in tragedies. The names of about 50 authors of Middle Comedy plays are known, and fragments and titles of about 700 plays have been preserved.

REFERENCES

Istoriia grecheskoi literatury. Edited by S. I. Sobolevskii [et al.], vol. 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1946.
Dunkin, P. S. Post-Aristophanic Comedy. Urbana, 111., 1946.
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I do not intend to "bring owls to Athens" by arguing that Assemblywomen (Ecclesiazusae, 392/391 BCE) and Wealth (Ploutos, 388 BCE) introduce new elements which do not conform to the principal model of Old Comedy; rather they anticipate the poetic practices of Middle Comedy.
Middle comedy is concerned with private and not public business; it flourishes on stock scenes (rapes and recognitions, etc.