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Comic Drama
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I. Antiquity – II. Middle Ages to the Present

I. Antiquity

In the so-called Old Attic Comedy of the 5th century bce, as represented by the 11 extant comedies of Aristophanes (c. 450–385; the comedies produced in Sicily and Megara [so-called Megarian farces] are lost), the role of religion is a twofold one. First, dramas (Drama: I, 2) performed in the context of the festivals dedicated to Dionysus were considered to be spiritual offerings to the god and could therefore only be staged once (until 386 bce). Secondly…

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Zimmermann, Bernhard and Bartsch, Eva, “Comic Drama”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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