Menander

Menander (mĬnăn´dər), 342?–291? BC, Greek poet, the most famous writer of New Comedy. He wrote ingenious plays using the love plot as his theme; his style is elegant and elaborate and his characters are highly developed. Although original texts of his plays only came to light beginning in 1906, many fragments of his plays survive; The Curmudgeon, discovered in Cairo in 1957, is Menander's only complete play now extant (tr. by Gilbert Highet, 1959). Seven of his plays were adapted by Plautus and Terence.

See studies by T. B. L. Webster (1960, 1974, 1975), A. W. Gomme and F. H. Sandbach (1973).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Menander and the Making of Comedy
J. Michael Walton; Peter D. Arnott.
Praeger, 1996
FREE! Four Plays of Menander: The Hero, Epitrepontes, Periceiromene and Samia
Edward Capps; Menander.
Ginn and Company, 1910
Three Plays: the Girl from Samos, the Arbitration, the Shearing of Glycera
L. A. Post; Menander of Athens.
G. Routledge & Sons, 1929
From Homer to Menander: Forces in Greek Poetic Fiction
L. A. Post.
University of California Press, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VIII "The Comedy of Menander"
Studies in Later Greek Comedy
T. B. L. Webster.
Manchester University Press, 1953
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "Menandreia"
Post-Aristophanic Comedy: Studies in the Social Outlook of Middle and New Comedy at Both Athens and Rome
Paul Shaner Dunkin.
University of Illinois Press, 1946
Librarian’s tip: "Menander" begins on p. 17
Greek Drama and Dramatists
Alan H. Sommerstein.
Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Menander" begins on p. 70
Menander to Marivaux: The History of a Comic Structure
E. J. H. Greene.
University of Alberta Press, 1977
Exits and Entrances in Menander
K. B. Frost.
Oxford University, 1988
The City as Comedy: Society and Representation in Athenian Drama
Gregory W. Dobrov.
University of North Carolina Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Polis and Oikoumene in Menander" begins on p. 289
Two Plays of Menander: The Rape of the Locks, the Arbitration
Gilbert Murray.
Oxford University Press, 1945
The Bad-Tempered Man, Or: The Misanthrope, a Play in Five Scenes
Menander; Philip Vellacott.
Oxford University Press, 1960
Stories from the Greek Comedians: Aristophanes, Philemon, Diphilus, Menander, Apollodorus
Alfred J. Church.
Biblo-Moser, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "The Brothers" by Menander begins on p. 302 and "The Girl of Andros" by Menander begins on p. 315
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