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Greek and Roman Comedy: Translations and Interpretations of Four Representative Plays
     

Greek and Roman Comedy: Translations and Interpretations of Four Representative Plays

by Shawn O'Bryhim
 
Much of what we know of Greco-Roman comedy comes from the surviving works of just four playwrights—the Greeks Aristophanes and Menander and the Romans Plautus and Terence. To introduce these authors and their work to students and general readers, this book offers a new, accessible translation of a representative play by each playwright, accompanied by a general

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Much of what we know of Greco-Roman comedy comes from the surviving works of just four playwrights—the Greeks Aristophanes and Menander and the Romans Plautus and Terence. To introduce these authors and their work to students and general readers, this book offers a new, accessible translation of a representative play by each playwright, accompanied by a general introduction to the author’s life and times, a scholarly article on a prominent theme in the play, and a bibliography of selected readings about the play and playwright. This range of material, rare in a single volume, provides several reading and teaching options, from the study of a single author to an overview of the entire Classical comedic tradition. The plays have been translated for readability and fidelity to the original text by established Classics scholars. Douglas Olson provides the translation and commentary for Aristophanes’ Acharnians, Shawn O’Bryhim for Menander’s Dyskolos, George Fredric Franco for Plautus’ Casina, and Timothy J. Moore for Terence’s Phormio.

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Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Those of us who teach ancient comedy in translation are well aware that it is frustratingly difficult to find readable translations and affordable editions of the ancient texts; this collection ably fills this gap.
-- Lisa Rengo George

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ISBN-13:
9780292778825
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/2010
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NOOK Book
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19 MB
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William S. Anderson
We need for teaching and for the general public good books about Greco-Roman comedy, and this is one. . . . It is for ordinary literate people who would like an intelligent introduction to Ancient Comedy and direct contact with some fresh translations of four plays.
-- William S. Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of California, Berkeley

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