Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 October 2014

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780199797448

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Hysterical Laughter

Four Ancient Comedies About Women

Prof David Christenson

  • All new translations (all translated by Christenson) of four ancient comedies, which illustrate the possibilities of theater as an agent for gender awareness and expose traditional feminine roles in real life as social constructions, asking students to assess the cultural and historical position of theater in ancient society
  • Comedies include Lysistrata, Samia, Casina, and Hecyra.
  • Includes extensive introduction by David Christenson that contextualizes the ancient comedies.