Middle Comedy

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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.


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The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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