Plays and Fragments

Plays and Fragments

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Menander, Edited by Norma Miller, Translated by Norma Miller, Introduction by Norma Miller

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 2 February 1988
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140445013
  • ISBN 13: 9780140445015
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: bibliography
  • Sales rank: 129,650

Product description

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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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.