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Plays and Fragments

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Plays and Fragments by Menander
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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.

Author Biography

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.
Release date NZ
September 24th, 1987
Author
Contributors
Edited by Norma Miller Introduction by Norma Miller Translated by Norma Miller
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
bibliography
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
272
Dimensions
130x200x16
ISBN-13
9780140445015
Product ID
1683946

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