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Menander

Author: Menander, of Athens.; W Geoffrey Arnott
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press ; London : W. Heinemann, 1979-2000.
Series: Loeb classical library, 132, 459, 460.
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MENANDER (?344/3-292/1 B.C.) of Athens was the leading playright of the 'New Comedy', a type of drama which has influenced the modern 'Comedy of Manners' and (indirectly at least writers as disparate as Oscar Wilde and P.G. Wodehouse. Menander wrote more than 100 plays, but did not become a star until after his death. Many of his comedies were adapted by Roman dramatists. By the middle ages, however, his works were
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Genre/Form: Comedies
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Menander, of Athens.
Menander.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press ; London : W. Heinemann, 1979-2000
(OCoLC)557947884
Online version:
Menander, of Athens.
Menander.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press ; London : W. Heinemann, 1979-2000
(OCoLC)606316124
Named Person: Menander, of Athens; Menander, of Athens.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Menander, of Athens.; W Geoffrey Arnott
ISBN: 0674991478 9780674991477 0674995066 9780674995062 0674995848 9780674995840
OCLC Number: 7737981
Language Note: English and Greek parallel text; commentary in English.
Description: 3 volumes ; 17 cm.
Contents: 1. Aspis to Epitrepontes --
v. 2. [Heros to Perinthia] --
v. 3. [Samia to Phasma].
Series Title: Loeb classical library, 132, 459, 460.
Other Titles: Plays.
Responsibility: edited with an English translation by W.G. Arnott.

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This volume provides a Greek text based on careful study of recently discovered papyri, a facing translation and full explanatory notes so the Menander's comic art can now be fully known and enjoyed.  Read more...

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An excellent guide to Menander...Arnott has given us fine texts, clear translations, brief and useful introductions, and the help that is needed to make sense [of the] fragments.--David Konstan Read more...

 
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