Introduction to Week 6

What is Greek Comedy?

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Comedy is one of the three main dramatic forms of ancient Greece. The others being tragedy and the satyr play. Aristotle wrote in his Poetics that, "comedy is a representation of laughable people and involves some kind of blunder or ugliness which does not cause pain or disaster."

Comedy flourished in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, and has influenced nearly all subsequent Western Theatre.

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