By David Konstan
In comedy, satisfied endings get to the bottom of real-world conflicts. those conflicts, in flip, depart their mark at the texts within the kind of gaps in plot and inconsistencies of characterization. Greek Comedy and Ideology analyzes how the constitution of historical Greek comedy betrays and responds to cultural tensions within the society of the classical city-state. It explores the utopian imaginative and prescient of Aristophanes' comedies--for instance, an omnipotent urban inhabited by means of birds, or an international of unlimited wealth presided over through the god of wealth himself--as interventions within the political problems with his time. David Konstan is going directly to learn the extra inner most international of Menandrean comedy (including diversifications of Menander by means of the Roman playwright Terence), within which difficulties of social prestige, citizenship, and gender are negotiated by way of elaborately contrived plots. In end, Konstan seems at an imitation of historical comedy by way of Moliére, and how during which the ideology of rising capitalism transforms the premises of the classical genre.