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Menander: The Shield and The Arbitration

Stanley Ireland


What reason has an educated man for going to the theatre, except to see Menander? Thus the judgement of Aristophanes of Byzantium, and in later antiquity the social comedies of Menander ranked second in popularity only to the epics of Homer. Yet for centuries thereafter the plays were thought to be irretrievably lost, failing to become part of the canon of writers that generations of copyists deemed worthy of transmitting to us. It was only in the 20th century that large sections of the plays began to emerge from Egypt, enabling modern readers to gauge for themselves the correctness of earlier ... More

Keywords: Menander, social comedy, Greek playwright, dramatic technique, dramatic development, character portrayal

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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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Stanley Ireland, author

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