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Herodas: Mimiambs$
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Graham Zanker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688836

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688836.001.0001

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The Go-Between or The Temptres (ΠΡΟΚΥΚΛΙΣ‎ Η‎ ΜΑΣΤΡΟΠΟΣ‎)

The Go-Between or The Temptres (ΠΡΟΚΥΚΛΙΣ‎ Η‎ ΜΑΣΤΡΟΠΟΣ‎)

(p.14) 1. The Go-Between or The Temptres (ΠΡΟΚΥΚΛΙΣ‎ Η‎ ΜΑΣΤΡΟΠΟΣ‎)
Aris & Phillips Classical Texts
Graham Zanker
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Herodas' first Mimiamb, which admirably illustrates Herodas' technique of characterization. It mentions the figure of Gyllis, who speaks over two-thirds of the first Mimiamb's lines. It also analyses the prefatory remarks to Mimiamb 1, which emphasize the character of the more-or-less professional go-between that was a special feature of Sophrôn's mimes, the magoidiai and New Comedy. The chapter discusses how Gyllis have come further down the social scale into the proper province of mime and become a representative of a stock type in mime and comedy. It explains how Herodas takes the type and individualises it with particular traits called the mosaic technique.

Keywords:   Mimiambs, Herodas, characterization, Gyllis, Sophrôn, mimes, magoidiai, New Comedy

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