Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

January 1998


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.


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.



Date Posted: 27 September 2006