New Comedy

New Comedy

 

a genre of ancient Greek comedy (c. fourth and third centuries B.C.).

As a result of new social conditions that sharply curtailed the citizen’s political activities, New Comedy dealt exclusively with man’s private life. The themes of New Comedy were influenced by Euripides. In New Comedy (known to us from the works of Menander and fragments of the works of other poets) much was conventional. Stock characters included the miserly father, the youth in love, and the wily slave. Love was the principal theme. The comic element, if not entirely lacking, was of secondary importance. New Comedy exerted a very strong influence on Roman comedy, which in turn influenced European dramatists, including Shakespeare and Molière.

WORKS

The Fragments of Attic Comedy, vol. 3. Edited by J. M. Edmonds. Leiden, 1961.

REFERENCES

Tronskii, I. M. Istoriia antichnoi literatury, 3rd ed. Leningrad, 1957.
Radtsig, S. I. Istoriia drevnegrecheskoi literatury, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1959.
Norwood, G. Greek Comedy. London, 1931.
Webster, T. B. L. Study in Later Greek Comedy. Manchester, 1953.
Webster, T. B. L. Monuments Illustrating New Comedy. London, 1961.

V. G. BORUKHOVICH

References in classic literature ?
While they sat at dinner Mainhall acquainted Bartley with the fortunes of his old friends in London, and as they left the table he proposed that they should go to see Hugh MacConnell's new comedy, "Bog Lights."
WITH the new comedy Feelennial, Ai-Ai de las Alas once again proved that she's still the undisputed Comedy Queen of Philippine entertainment.
Anyone who enjoyed the excellent Martin Kemp episode of BBC3's Murder In Successville will have loved this new comedy drama from Matt Berry.
[USA], Mar 21 (ANI): American comedian and actor Mindy Kaling is returning to showbiz with a new comedy show inspired by her own childhood.
WINNER of Britain's Got Talent 2018 and star and writer of BBC Radio 4's new comedy series Ability, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy), will visit the Memorial Court in Northwich on Thursday, February 14, as part of his UK tour.
Catch this new comedy film when it hits theaters Jan.
Rawalakot -- In Rawalakot, President Azad Kashmir Masud Ahmad Khan will be chief guest at a function on the launching of a new comedy book DARSI QAIDA of humorist Mohammad Kabir Khan today (Thursday).
Karen, who supported Joe Lycett on his 2016 tour, made a name for herself early on in her career, reaching the semi-final of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Awards, before being crowned the winner of the 2001 Komedia New Act.
CARDIFF'S Glee Club is has revealed the the arrival of a brand new comedy night called Pie Face Thursdays.
In this new comedy from Epix, Nick Nolte's Richard Graves, a former Republican president in semi-retirement in Albuquerque, reflects on his legacy and realizes he was terrible in the job.
IThe rising comedy star last week scooped the Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Award at the Glee Club in Cardiff and yesterday found himself at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performing in the semi-final of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award, alongside some of the best new comics from around the UK, including fellow Welsh comedian Alex Mahoney from the Rhondda.

Full browser ?