The Plays and Fragments

The Plays and Fragments

by Menander, Maurice Balme, Peter Brown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019954073X

ISBN-13: 9780199540730

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199540730
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Select Bibliographyxxx
Translator's Notexxxi
The Plays and Fragments of Menander
The Bad-Tempered Man (Dyskolos)3
The Girl from Samos (Samia)44
The Arbitration (Epitrepontes)81
The Shield (Aspis)116
The Girl with the Shaven Head (Perikeiromene)140
The Man she Hated (Misoumenos)163
The Man from Sikyon (Sikyonios)181
Twice a Swindler (Dis Exapaton)199
The Hero (Heros)206
The Lyre-Player (Kitharistes)213
The Farmer (Georgos)219
The Apparition (Phasma)226
The Flatterer (Kolax)232
The Girl Possessed (Theophoroumene)241
The Girl from Leukas (Leukadia)246
The Girl from Perinthos (Perinthia)249
The Man from Carthage (Karchedonios)252
The Women drinking Hemlock (Koneiazomenai)255
Title Unknown257
A Selection of Fragments Quoted by Other Authors263
Fragments of Doubtful Authorship281
Explanatory Notes294

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