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Author: Eftychia Bathrellou

Title: Menander's Epitrepontes and the Festival of the Tauropolia

Subtitle: -

Journal: Classical Antiquity

Volume: 31

Issue: 2

Year: October 2012

Pages: 151-192

ISSN: 0278-6656 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1067-8344 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient Greece | Representations: Literature / Menander



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Abstract: »The paper examines the surviving references to the setting of the rapes in New Comedy. It argues that the fact that rapes are commonly set in the course of nocturnal festival activities should not be seen merely as a convenient plot device. By using Menander's Epitrepontes as a case study, the paper suggests that there is a close relationship between the character of the festivals where rapes are set and a major theme in the plays themselves: namely, the maturation of the young protagonists and their transition into adulthood. The paper also offers a reassessment of the evidence we have for the Tauropolia—the Attic festival where the rape is set in the Epitrepontes.« (Source: Classical Antiquity)


  I. The Setting of Rapes in Menander: An Overview (p. 153)
  II. The Epitrepontes (p. 155)
    A. The Tauropolia: Archaeological, Inscriptional, and Literary Evidence Apart from the Epitrepontes (p. 156)
      The site of the festival (p. 156)
      The archaeological and inscriptional evidence for Artemis’ cult at Halai (p. 160)
      Euripides’ Iphigeneia among the Taurians (p. 164)
      Preliminary conclusions (p. 166)
    B. The Tauropolia: The Evidence of the Epitrepontes (p. 166)
      The women in the pannychis (p. 166)
      The men in the pannychis (p. 168)
      The Tauropolia: conclusions and tentative reconstruction (p. 169)
    C. Pamphile's Rape at the Tauropolia (p. 170)
      Pamphile's appearance and dress (p. 171)
      Rape and its setting in Menander: literary past and cultic present (p. 174)
      The setting of the rape and Pamphile's presentation in the Epitrepontes (p. 178)
  III. The Setting of the Rapes in Menander: A Product of Its Time? (p. 181)
  IV. Epilogue (p. 185)
  Bibliography (p. 185)

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