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Classical Comedy

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ISBN-10: 0140449825

ISBN-13: 9780140449822

Edition: 2006

Authors: Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence, Erich Segal

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The ideal single-volume introduction to the greatest masterpieces of ancient comedy From the fifth to the second century B.C., theatrical comedy flourished in Greece and Rome. This new anthology brings together four essential masterworks of the genre: Aristophanes bold, imaginative The Birds; Menanders The Girl from Samos, which explores popular contemporary themes of mistaken identity and sexual misbehavior; and two later Roman comic playsPlautuss The Brothers Menaechmus, the inspiration for Shakespeares The Comedy of Errors; and Terences bawdy yet sophisticated double love plot, The Eunuch. Together, these four plays capture the genius of classical comedy for students, theatergoers,…    
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.83" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 0.572

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…    

Mason Hammond is Pope Professor of Latin, Emeritus, Harvard University.

Erich Segal was a writer, educator, and screenwriter. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 16, 1937. He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in 1958, a M.A. in 1959, and a Ph.D. in 1964. Segal began a teaching career at Harvard University before moving to Yale University in 1964. He was also a visiting professor in classics at Princeton University and the University of Munich. He achieved international acclaim for his verse translations of Roman playwright Plautus and delivered papers before the American Philological Association and the American Comparative Literature Association. Segal collaborated on the 1958 Harvard Hasty Pudding Club production and wrote several Hollywood…    

The birds
The girl from Samos
The brothers Menaechmus
The eunuch