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This volume collects important examples of Greek literary portraiture. The "Characters" of Theophrastus consists of 30 fictional sketches of men who are each dominated by a single fault, such as arrogance, boorishness, or superstition. The Hellenistic poet Herodas wrote mimes, a popular entertainment in which one actor or a small group portrayed a situation from everyday life, concentrating on depiction of character rather than on plot. The volume also includes a new translation and text of extant portions of the mimes of Sophron, a Syracusan of the 5th century BC. Here too is a selection of anonymous mime fragments. The work of Sophron and the anonymous mime fragments are newly added to the Loeb Classical Library in this second edition of a volume published in 1993. Jeffrey Rusten and Ian Cunningham have also updated their editions of Theophrastus and Herodas.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674996038
ISBN-10: 0674996038
Format: Hardback
(170mm x 114mm x 25mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: LOEB
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 14-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States


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