9781472514295

The Making of Menander's Comedy

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  • ISBN13:

    9781472514295

  • ISBN10:

    1472514297

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-05-08
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

The discovery on papyrus of plays by Menander, the greatest writer of Greek New Comedy, at last makes possible an evaluation on his own terms of an ancient author who, through the adaptations of Plautus and Terence, profoundly influenced the course of western drama. The present study establishes a critical perspective for understanding the kind of comedy Menander wrote, his roots, the theatrical effects he sought, and the extent of his achievement. Chapters on the major plays analyse their techniques of construction and characterisation, suggesting both the strengths and the limitations of Menander's comic tradition.

This study is based on the Oxford Greek text but cites all ancient authors in translation to open the discussion to a wider audience. An introductory chapter places the tradition of New Comedy in the history of drama, and modern parallels are drawn wherever helpful. It will therefore be of value to students of drama as well as to classicists.

Author Biography

Sander M. Goldberg teaches in the Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

I. From Old Comedy to New
II. Mapping the Terrain
III. Aspis (The Shield): The Mixture of Modes
IV. Perikeiromene (The Shorn Girl): Plot and Situation
V. Epitrepontes (The Arbitrants): The Refashioned Recognition
VI. Dyskolos (The Grouch): A Play of Combinations
VII. Samia (The Samian Woman): A Play of Successful Combinations
VIII. Menander and Life
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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