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Plays and Fragments by Menander
Book DescriptionMenander (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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140445015
Classification: Plays, playscripts
Format: Paperback (198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Sep-1987
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Plays and Fragments, Paperback (May 2008)
The greatest writer of Greek New Comedy and the founding father of European comedy, Menander (c.341-290 BC) wrote over one hundred plays, of which only one complete play and substantial fragments of others survive. This new verse translation is accurate and highly readable, providing a consecutive text by using surviving words in the damaged papyri.
Classical Comedy, Paperback (September 2006)» View all books by Menander
Brings together the works of Classical comedy, with two early Greek plays: Aristophanes' "Birds", and Menander's "The Girl from Samos"; and two Roman comic plays: Plautus' "The Brothers Menaechmus" and Terence's double love-plot, "The Eunuch". Together, these four plays demonstrate the development of Classical comedy.
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Author Biography - 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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