Plays and Fragments

Plays and Fragments

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Menander (c. 341 291 BC) was the foremost innovator of Greek New Comedy, a dramatic style that moved away from the fantastical to focus upon the problems of ordinary Athenians. This collection contains the full text of Old Cantankerous' (Dyskolos), the only surviving complete example of New Comedy, as well as fragments from works including The Girl from Samos' and The Rape of the Locks', all of which are concerned with domestic catastrophes, the hazards of love and the trials of family life. Written in a poetic style regarded by the ancients as second only to Homer, these polished works profoundly influential upon both Roman playwrights such as Plautus and Terence, and the wider Western tradition may be regarded as the first true comedies of manners.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 200g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • Reissue
  • 0140445013
  • 9780140445015
  • 156,848

About Menander

Menander (341-290bc) was teh most distinguished author of Greek New Comedy. An Athenian of good family, he wrote over a hundred plays although only one survives intact today. Norma Miller was educated at the universities of Glasgow and Cambridge and spent her life as a teacher of Greek and Latin languages and literature at the Royal Holloway College. SHe is now Reader Emeritus of the University of London.

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Table of contents

Plays and FragmentsPreface Introduction Further Reading Old Cantankerous The Girl from Samos The Arbitration The Rape of the Locks The Shield The Sikyonian The Man She Hated The Double Deceiver and The Two Bacchises by Plautus The Farmer The Toady The Harpist The Hero The Phantom The Girl Possessed The Girl from Perinthos Title Unknown Some Longer Fragments Some Fragments Doubtfully Attributed to Menander Notes

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