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(σπουδογέλοιον/spoudogéloion, epigraphically also σπουδαιογέλοιον/spoudaiogéloion). Compound of 'serious' (spoudaîon) and 'laughable' (geloîon). These two contradictory modes of interpretation and presentation are often combined in ancient literature, as in Aristoph. Ran. 391 f., Phaedr. 4,2,1-4; in Pl. Symp. 222 Socrates requires that the same person should be able to compose both tragedies and comedies. There is critical reflection on the relationship between s poudaîon and geloîon: Pl. Leg. 816d-e, Aristot. Eth. Nic. 1176b 27-1177a 6 and …

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Gärtner, Hans Armin (Heidelberg), “Spoudogeloion”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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