American Journal of Philology 124.3 (2003) viii
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The Gildersleeve Prize Winner for 2002
FOR THE BEST ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY
IN 2002 HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO
ZACHARY P. BILES
INTERCOLLEGIATE CENTER FOR
CLASSICAL STUDIES, ROME
for his contribution to scholarship in "Intertextual Biography in the Rivalry of Cratinus and Aristophanes" (AJP 123, No. 2: 169-204).
This essay addresses a major question in current scholarship on Old Comedy: the precise historical value of its abundant references to the personal lives and artistic careers of its poets. Recent studies have increasingly stressed the conventional and partly fictional elements in these comic "autobiographies," and the continuing discussion can profit from Biles's demonstration that such passages are sometimes engaged in "metatheatrical" dialogue with passages from other plays and other playwrights. Biles's attempt to place Cratinus' Pytine against the background of the Aristophanic texts that preceded, competed with, and followed it is welcome, if inevitably speculative. It is carried out with careful attention paid to the evidence and with a useful presentation of valuable recent work. In addition, Biles's hypothesis that such issues, debated most explicitly in parabaseis, could also significantly shape an entire work offers a promising path to more fully understanding these uniquely valuable glimpses into late fifth-century theater.
Richard Thomas (Chair) Kathryn Gutzwiller Andrew Ford
The Fifteenth Annual Gildersleeve Prize of $1,000 will be awarded for the best article to appear in the Journal in 2003. Instructions about nominations will be printed in the Winter 2003 issue of the Journal.
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