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Author: Elaine Fantham

Title: Sex, Status, and Survival in Hellenistic Athens

Subtitle: A Study of Women in New Comedy

Journal: Phoenix: The Journal of the Classical Association of Canada

Volume: 29

Issue: 1

Year: Spring 1975

Pages: 44-74

ISSN: 0031-8299 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1929-4883 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History: Ancient Greece | Representations: Literary Texts / Ancient Greek Literature


Link: JSTOR (Restricted Access)


Author: Elaine Fantham, Department of Classics, Princeton UniversityAuthor's Personal Website, Wikipedia

Abstract: »New Comedy offers a reliable picture of the legal status of women. The favorite plot, the heroine as concealed citizen, gives a statistically false view of Greek society but a great range of plot types. In comedies of citizen love and marriage, rape was required, to join the two elements not easily blended in actual life. Plots of marriage and concubinage illustrate external pressure on married couples and a new sense of social responsibility.« (Sources: L'année philologique)

Reprint: Fantham, Elaine. Roman Readings: Roman Response to Greek Literature from Plautus to Statius and Quintilian. Berlin 2011: Chapter 5. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: Ancient history: Ancient Greece | Theatre: Theatre of ancient Greece / Ancient Greek comedy