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Journal Article

Drunk Again: A Study in the Iconography of the Comic Theater

J. R. Green
American Journal of Archaeology
Vol. 89, No. 3 (Jul., 1985), pp. 465-472
DOI: 10.2307/504361
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/504361
Page Count: 11

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Topics: Slavery, Terracotta, Cameos, Comic theater, Theater, Mosaic, Arm, Iconography, Hair, Sons
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Abstract

The well known relief in Naples with a representation of a scene from comedy can be shown to be a copy of an original of the period of Menander. The archetype was probably a painting, but it was copied in a number of media including terracottas, gems and ivories as well as relief sculpture. Points raised include the function of representations of dramatic scenes in the various media, the transmission process, a mistake in the depiction of the Naples version, the evidence archaeological material provides for the popularity of Early Hellenistic comedy at various times and places in the Hellenistic and Roman world, and the apparent importance of this particular scene.

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