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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (18 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199259925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199259922
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 3.3 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,643,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would confidently hazard that this is going to be one of the most influential recent books on Old Comedy, and that it will have a profound effect on the study of Aristophanes and the genre over the next 25 years. What is more, the book is extremely accessible and well-crafted, and it can be thoroughly enjoyed and fully utilised even by those without an addiction to Attic Old Comedy fragments. (The Journal of Classics Teaching)

Storey charitably makes his book accessible to all by giving the fragments in translation near the start, and translating all Greek and Latin quotations in the text ... Storey has done a very good job with the scanty remains of Eupolis, who is now visible in a much clearer light than before. The work will stand for a long time. (Angus Bowie, Times Literary Supplement)

A monograph that presents a detailed and wide-ranging look at all aspects of the poet's oeuvre ... I welcome his book unreservedly ... Storey has produced a major book which needs to be in every University collection. (Keith Sidwell, Classics Ireland)

Ian Storey's meticulous study of the surviving fragments of Eupolis is essential reading for every scholar and student of Greek drama...[and] is an essential edition for every university and college library. (Mary C. English, Classical World)

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Ian C. Storey is Professor of Ancient History and Classics and Principal of Otonabee College at Trent University, Canada

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian G. Cameron on 3 Nov. 2010
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I waited a long time for this book--and it was worth the wait. Eupolis, one of the major lights of Old Comedy, is barely known today. On the one hand (men) this book can't fix that--there's hardly 200 complete lines of Eupolis in existence. One the other hand (de) Storey's superb analysis takes us a long way towards seeing what we are missing.

I'm a historical novelist and an amateur historian--my Greek is just passable. The very highest praise I can offer this book is that it is free of jargon, readable and informative to the amateur--while being a monumental work of serious scholarship. I suspect this will be the standard work on the subject for decades--or until we pull an new Eupolis manuscript out of Herculaneum or Egypt!

And yes, the price is high. That's too bad--it'll keep too many folks away. But I'd say --as an amateur, not an academic--that this book is worth the price. Five stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Petrides Antonis on 30 July 2004
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Storey's Eupolis is a major study, which deserves the five stars if only for the level of the undertaking. It is not a traditional commentary on the fragments of perhaps the second most important Old Comedy playwright after Aristophanes; it combines the exegetical accuracy and detail of a commentary with the more analytical approach of a monograph. All major fragments are exhaustively unpacked, explained, contextualised and mined for clues and hints about their missing dramatic contexts. An expensive book, but a must for anybody interested in ancient theatre. Eupolis may not have been as unique as, say, Crates or even Cratinus, in the sense tht Eupolis' plays must have resembled Aristophanes' quite a bit, but he was still a sharp wit lost prematurely.
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