Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

January 1998


Postprint version. Published in The City as Comedy: Society and Representation in Athenian Drama (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998), pages 149-176.


Ever since Antiphanes brought on the stage a character, perhaps Comedy herself, complaining that comedy was more difficult to compose than tragedy (fr. 189.17-23 K-A), it has become something of a truism to say that the poets of Old Comedy had at their disposal much richer and less generically restricted literary possibilities than their colleagues working in tragedy.



Date Posted: 27 September 2006