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By Susan Lape

Reproducing Athens examines the position of romantic comedy, fairly the performs of Menander, in protecting democratic tradition and transnational polis tradition opposed to a variety of threats through the preliminary and such a lot fraught interval of the Hellenistic Era.

Menander's romantic comedies--which specialise in usual electorate who marry for love--are frequently regarded as entertainments without political content material. opposed to the view, Susan Lape argues that Menander's comedies are explicitly political. His nationalistic comedies usually finish through acting the legislation of democratic citizen marriage, thereby promising the iteration of latest electorate. His transnational comedies, nevertheless, guard polis lifestyles opposed to the impinging Hellenistic kingdoms, both via remodeling their representatives into right citizen-husbands or through rendering them ridiculous, romantic losers who pose no actual hazard to citizen or city.

In elaborating the political paintings of romantic comedy, this publication additionally demonstrates the significance of gender, kinship, and sexuality to the making of democratic civic ideology. mockingly, by means of championing democratic tradition opposed to a number of Hellenistic outsiders, comedy frequently resists the interior prestige and gender limitations on which democratic tradition used to be established. Comedy's skill to breed democratic tradition in scandalous type exposes the common sense of civic inclusion produced via the contradictions in Athens's desperately politicized gender system.

Combining cautious textual research with an figuring out of the context within which Menander wrote, Reproducing Athens profoundly adjustments the way in which we learn his performs and deepens our realizing of Athenian democratic culture.

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