By Timothy Long
Greeks divided the realm into Greece vs. the land of foreigners, into Hellenes vs. barbarians, seeing their state as a bastion of tradition, studying, and army could surrounded through a sea of the uncivilized.
Long exhibits how comedy expressed the Greek feeling of superiority over the barbarians, the way it handled the so-called barbarian-Hellene antithesis. the result's a contribution to the learn of historical Greek comedy—both the comedy itself and the ideals, the prejudices, the restrictions, and the range within the society from which the performs emerged. The comedians’ responses to the barbarians ranged from idealization to neutrality to uncooked racism.
Although contemptuous of barbarians, the Hellenes couldn't continue parts of international tradition from coming into their very own. Long’s significant rivalry is that the Greek response to Oriental and different foreign impression could be visible within the treatment of barbarians in Greek comedy.
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