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Boastful Chef : The Discourse of Food in Ancient Greek Comedy - John Wilkins

Boastful Chef

The Discourse of Food in Ancient Greek Comedy

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2001
ISBN: 9780199240685
Number Of Pages: 496

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It is well known that ancient Greek comedy is interested in food and wine. Many plays conclude with a feast: further, they were produced at festivals of Dionysos where eating and drinking took place. This book explains the importance of food to comedy: it was a medium through which comedy could represent the material, social, agricultural, political and religious worlds to the Greek city-state. Comedy was a powerful cultural commentator partly because the foods that it represented were resonant markers of the culture. There could be no comedy without food. Related genres and artefacts are also considered. The text also contains translations of hundreds of comic fragments; and it reassesses the division of comedy into Sicilian and Attic Old, Middle, and New.

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`Offers a more multi-sided approach to ancient cooking and its practitioners than any other available' Simon Goldhill, Times Literary Supplement `A scholarly book' Simon Goldhill, Times Literary Supplement `As an examination of ancient "discourse" on food, the book is rich and often perceptive.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review `The Boastful Chef is an erudite journey through many aspects of ancient comic literature.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

ISBN: 9780199240685
ISBN-10: 019924068X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st January 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.05 x 14.78  x 3.07
Weight (kg): 0.69

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