The editors: David Harvey has co-edited Crux: Studies presented
to G.E.M. de Ste Croix, and together with his wife Hazel has translated
Karl Rheinhardt's Sophocles and Richard Heinze's Virgil's Epic Technique.
John Wilkins is the author of the Oxford commentary on Euripides'
Heraclidae; Archestratus: the Life of Luxury, and The Boastful Chef:
the Discourse of Food in Ancient Greek Comedy. He is co-editor of
Athenaeus and his World. David Harvey and John Wilkins are also
joint editors of Food in Antiquity.
The work of the 'other' comic poets of classical Athens, those
who competed with, and in some cases defeated, their (eventually)
better-known fellow comedian, Aristophanes, has almost eluded the
historical record. The poetry of Cratinus, Phrynichos, Eupolis and
the rest has survived only in tantalising, often tiny, fragments
and citations. Modern studies in this field have themselves often
been difficult of access. Here an exceptional cast of scholars,
including most of the leading international authorities, provides
a set of 28 interpretative essays to cover every one of these 'other'
poets of Athenian Old Comedy for whom significant evidence survives.
The work includes a comprehensive bibliography, and is a landmark
in the study of Old Comedy.