She does note, for example, that Aretino's Talanta, a bawdy comedy about a courtesan, was inspired by Terrence's The Eunuch, but such sources would have merited further discussion given their treatment of sexual violence, and considering that in ancient Greek comedy
, as scholars like Alan H.
The book also lists authors, play titles, and common themes of ancient Greek comedy
, such as social scandals, politics, literature, and sex.
In light of new high quality editions of Greek texts and English translations of ancient Greek comedy
, essays were commissioned from scholars identified only by name to discuss the works of Aristophanes and the fragments of his rivals and successors.
Teachers looking for a general introduction to ancient Greek comedy
are likely to reach for Kenneth Dover's venerable Aristophanic Comedy (University of California Press, 1972) or Douglas McDowell's Aristophanes and Athens: An Introduction to the Plays (Oxford University Press, 1995).
In ancient Greek comedy
, the targets were particular and topical - proper names were used, heroes overcame every obstacle, while slender plots were punctuated by songs, dance and barbed, bawdy oneliners.
The first period of ancient Greek comedy
, known as Old Comedy, is represented by the plays of Aristophanes, most of which satirized public officials and events.