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Menander, Theophorumenē: A Song to Kybele on the Comic Stage

Menander, Theophorumenē: A Song to Kybele on the Comic Stage AbstractWhile Old Comedy abounds in musical parts, New Comedy restricts music to four act-dividing songs, about which in the papyri nothing but remarks like χοροῦ are transmitted. Monodies sung by actors are extremely rare. In Menander there are only two examples, a monody of a priestess in the Leukadia and a song to Kybele in the Theophoroumenē, transmitted in nine book fragments, three fragments on papyri and five mosaics depicting scenes connected with the song of the possessed girl. By integrating the book fragments and the recently enriched pictorial evidence it is possible to attempt a hypothetical reconstruction of the comedy: Menander wanted to tell the well-worn story of a foundling girl, her love affairs, rescue and marriage in a new, unexpected way by inventing the role of a girl presumably possessed by Kybele. This way he could bring a thrilling musical scene and fascinating Kybele ritual onto the stage. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Greek and Roman Musical Studies Brill

Menander, Theophorumenē: A Song to Kybele on the Comic Stage

Greek and Roman Musical Studies , Volume 10 (1): 22 – Mar 7, 2022

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Abstract

AbstractWhile Old Comedy abounds in musical parts, New Comedy restricts music to four act-dividing songs, about which in the papyri nothing but remarks like χοροῦ are transmitted. Monodies sung by actors are extremely rare. In Menander there are only two examples, a monody of a priestess in the Leukadia and a song to Kybele in the Theophoroumenē, transmitted in nine book fragments, three fragments on papyri and five mosaics depicting scenes connected with the song of the possessed girl. By integrating the book fragments and the recently enriched pictorial evidence it is possible to attempt a hypothetical reconstruction of the comedy: Menander wanted to tell the well-worn story of a foundling girl, her love affairs, rescue and marriage in a new, unexpected way by inventing the role of a girl presumably possessed by Kybele. This way he could bring a thrilling musical scene and fascinating Kybele ritual onto the stage.

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Greek and Roman Musical StudiesBrill

Published: Mar 7, 2022

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