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Menander: The Shield and The Arbitration$
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Stanley Ireland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688973

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688973.001.0001

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The Shield: Introduction

The Shield: Introduction

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Stanley Ireland
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Menander's play titled The Shield, which is about a young man named Cleostratos who has reportedly been killed in a surprise night attack on the Greek camp by the natives while campaigning in Lycia. It mentions Cleostratos's ex-tutor Daos who returned home a shield that helped to identify Cleostratos's body. It also recounts how Daos's arrival is met by Cleostratos' elder uncle, Smikrines, who plots to secure the shield by invoking the law that will allow a family member to claim Cleostratos' heiress-sister in marriage. The chapter reviews Daos' monologue, which shows clear evidence of careful planning by Menander in terms of theme, structure and style. It describes the sombre tone of the The Shield, which was evident from the outset and adherent to the tragic forms of metre in the first nine lines and the heavy implications of death.

Keywords:   Menander, The Shield, Cleostratos, Daos, Smikrines, heiress-sister, marriage, tragic forms, metre

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