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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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Herodas: Mimiambs
Graham Zanker
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Herodas' Mimiamb 3, which is unique among the poems preserved by the papyrus as it deals with a family. It describes the characterization of Mêtrotimê and her family circumstances, as well as her attitude to Kottalos as the aim of Mimiamb 3. It also discusses the Mêtrotimê that has affinities with the New Comedy type of the woman chatterbox and her 57.5-line monologue that was cut short abruptly by Lampriskos. The chapter mentions Kottalos as the family's only child and sole hope for Mêtrotimê's superannuation. It analyses how Herodas steadfastly presents Mêtrotimê in all her ugliness in order to pursue a detached, objective version of the humour that is associated with slice-of-life comedy.

Keywords:   Mimiambs, Herodas, Mêtrotimê, Kottalos, New Comedy, Lampriskos, slice-of-life comedy

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