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Plays and Fragments

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ISBN-10: 0140445013

ISBN-13: 9780140445015

Edition: 2004

Authors: Menander, Norma Miller, Norma Miller, Norma Miller

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/2/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.16" wide x 7.83" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

The late fourth century b.c. gave rise to New Comedy---a comedy of manners that was more refined and lacked the robustness of Old Comedy. Until the latter part of the nineteenth century, the Greek playwright Menander's plays were known only through adaptations and translations made by the Roman dramatists Plautus and Terence and by the comments of Ovid and Pliny. Menander wrote approximately 100 plays, and the few extant in the Greek text were found on papyrus rolls in the rubbish heaps of Roman Egypt. However, "The Dyskolos," the first complete Menander New Comedy to be discovered intact, turned up on papyrus in a private Swiss collection. His comedies are skillfully constructed, his…    

Norma Miller wasformerly a lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway College, London.