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The Maculate Muse : Obscene Language in Attic Comedy - Jeffrey Henderson

The Maculate Muse

Obscene Language in Attic Comedy

Paperback Published: 14th February 1991
ISBN: 9780195066852
Number Of Pages: 288

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The pervasive and unrestrained use of obscenity has long been acknowledged as a major feature of fifth-century Attic Comedy; no other Western art form relies so heavily on the sexual and scatological dimensions of language. This acclaimed book, now in a new edition, offers both a comprehensive discussion of the dynamics of Greek obscenity and a detailed commentary on the terminology itself.
After contrasting the peculiar characteristics of the Greek notion of obscenity to modern-day ideas, Henderson discusses obscenity's role in the development of Attic Comedy, its historical origins, varieties, and dramatic function. His analysis of obscene terminology sheds new light on Greek culture, and his discussion of Greek homosexuality offers a refreshing corrective to the idealized Platonic view. He also looks in detail at the part obscenity plays in each of Aristophanes' eleven surviving plays. The latter part of the book identifies all the obscene terminology found in the extant examples of Attic Comedy, both complete plays and fragments. Although these terminological entries are arranged in numbered paragraphs resembling a glossary, they can also be read as independent essays on the various aspects of comic obscenity. Terms are explained as they occur in each individual context and in relation to typologically similar terminology. With newly corrected and updated philological material, this second edition of Maculate Muse will serve as an invaluable reference work for the study of Greek drama.

Praise for the First Edition: "An important, sound, scholarly contribution to our understanding of obscenity not only in Athenian culture generally, but especially as it is integral to the themes of ancient comic plays....This study breaks new ground and will have wide appeal."--Library Journal "For the first time in the history of scholarship on Greek Old Comedy in general and on Aristophanes in particular we have in Henderson's [book] a comprehensive study of the obscenity which is so prominent a feature of Old Comedy, and his discussions will be welcomed by all interested in this aspect of it....A major contribution."--The Classical Journal "This thorough collection will be of great use to students of Aristophanes."--Times Literary Supplement "A most valuable instrument of study, for which we must be heartily grateful."--Classical Philology Praise for the First Edition: "An important, sound, scholarly contribution to our understanding of obscenity not only in Athenian culture generally, but especially as it is integral to the themes of ancient comic plays....This study breaks new ground and will have wide appeal."--Library Journal "For the first time in the history of scholarship on Greek Old Comedy in general and on Aristophanes in particular we have in Henderson's [book] a comprehensive study of the obscenity which is so prominent a feature of Old Comedy, and his discussions will be welcomed by all interested in this aspect of it....A major contribution."--The Classical Journal "This thorough collection will be of great use to students of Aristophanes."--Times Literary Supplement "A most valuable instrument of study, for which we must be heartily grateful."--Classical Philology

Introductionp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Obscene Language and the Development of Attic Comedyp. 1
Varieties of Obscene Expression: An Overviewp. 30
The Dramatic Function of Obscenity in the Plays of Aristophanesp. 56
The Sexual Organsp. 108
The Male Organsp. 108
Proper and Euphemistic Wordsp. 112
Agricultural Terminologyp. 117
Phallic Implementsp. 120
Testiclesp. 124
Animalsp. 126
Miscellaneousp. 129
The Female Organsp. 130
Euphemistic Terminologyp. 133
Agricultural Terminologyp. 134
Gates and Passagewaysp. 137
Rings and Circlesp. 138
Holes, Pits, and Hollowsp. 139
Sea Animalsp. 142
Cookeryp. 142
Foodsp. 144
Secreta Muliebriap. 145
Miscellaneousp. 146
Birdsp. 147
Split or Crackp. 147
Proper Namesp. 147
Other Erogenous Bodily Partsp. 148
Sexual Congressp. 151
Euphemistic Expressionsp. 154
Nautical Terminologyp. 161
Agricultural Terminologyp. 166
Metaphors from Sportp. 169
Hitting and Piercingp. 170
Miscellaneousp. 173
Burningp. 177
[characters not reproducible]p. 178
Kissingp. 181
Fellatiop. 183
Cunnilingusp. 185
Scatological Humorp. 187
Xezeinp. 187
Scatophagy and Related Humorp. 192
Urinationp. 194
[characters not reproducible]p. 195
The Hindquartersp. 199
Homosexualityp. 204
Pathicsp. 209
Pathic [characters not reproducible]p. 213
Active Pederastyp. 215
Effeminacyp. 219
Autoerotic Behaviorp. 220
Appendixp. 223
Bibliographyp. 229
Addenda, Corrigenda, Retractandap. 240
Index of Specially, Discussed Passagesp. 253
Index of Greek Wordsp. 255
General Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780195066852
ISBN-10: 0195066855
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 14th February 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 15.7  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised