Building on work we started within my 2009 Classical Quarterly article (“An Aristophanic Slave: comfort 819-1126”). The slave characters of the latest and Roman comedy have traditionally been the main topic of effective scholarly interest; slave characters in Old Comedy, in comparison, have obtained reasonably small attention (the only substantial research being Stefanis 1980). Yet a better appearance during the ancestors of the subsequent, more familiar comic slaves provides brand new views on Greek attitudes toward intercourse and status that is social in addition to exactly exactly what an Athenian audience expected from and enjoyed in Old Comedy. More over, my arguments on how to read passages that are several slave characters, if accepted, could have bigger implications for the interpretation of individual performs.
The chapter that is first the phase for the conversation of “sexually presumptive” slave characters by dealing with the thought of intimate relations between slaves and free feamales in Greek literature generally speaking and Old Comedy in specific. We first examine the various (non-comic) remedies of the theme in Greek historiography, then its exploitation for comic impact within the 5th mimiamb of Herodas as well as in Machon’s Chreiai. Finally, we argue that funny sources to intimate relations between slaves and free feamales in the extant comedies blur the line between free and servant to be able to maintain a far more distinction that is rigid relatively rich Athenian resident men and a lowered class comprising slaves, metics, foreigners, additionally the poorest Athenian residents.