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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 Brothel Keeper (ΠΟΡΝΟΒΟΣΚΟΣ‎)

The Brothel Keeper (ΠΟΡΝΟΒΟΣΚΟΣ‎)

(p.42) 2. The Brothel Keeper (ΠΟΡΝΟΒΟΣΚΟΣ‎)
Herodas: Mimiambs
Graham Zanker
Liverpool University Press

This chapter talks about Battaros in Herodas' second Mimiamb as a representative of a type in Middle and New Comedy, such as the brothel-keeper. It discloses how Battaros is related to a type in mime and bad oratory, exemplified by Sophrôn's Boulias. It also describes Battaros as a composite type by Herodas' original audiences or readership, emphasizing that the brothel-keeper had stock attributes of greed, impudence, dishonesty, and old age. The chapter examines how greed is in evidence throughout Mimiamb 2, citing financial motives underlying Battaros' hypocritical show of fatherly concern for Myrtalê before the jury. It points out Battaros' dishonesty, which consists largely of gross exaggeration and self-contradictory description of the facts.

Keywords:   Mimiambs, Herodas, Battaros, New Comedy, brothel-keeper, greed, impudence, dishonesty

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