Studies in Later Greek Comedy

Studies in Later Greek Comedy

Studies in Later Greek Comedy

Studies in Later Greek Comedy

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This book is a companion to Studies in Menander. It completes the programme formulated in my first Rylands Lecture (1944), which, with the permission of the Governors of the Rylands Library, is reprinted in an amended form as the first chapter. I cannot pretend that this book with its multitude of footnotes and references makes easy reading, but I hope it may be useful to those who are interested in this important section of Greek literary history; I have tried to make it more useful as reference book by adding a chronological table of plays quote or mentioned and an Index Locorum. I have noted my indebtedness to other scholars when possible, but I am sure that have unconsciously absorbed much more from them than have acknowledged and that there is still more of which I have remained unaware; in particular I wish Professor W. Beare's Roman Stage had come out in time for me to make more use of it. I have tried to rationalise my spelling except for those name that are household words in English, but I have undoubtedly left many inconsistencies. The historical sections of Chapters II and III were read to my colleagues in the Greek Department of University College and to Professor A. H. M. Jones, the substance of Chapter V to the Birmingham branch, of Chapter VI to the Southampton branch of the Classical Association, and of Chapter VII to the London Classical Society. The Town Clerk of Stockport, M. Coche de la Ferté, Dr. B. Neutsch, Mr. J. M. Cook, Mr. B. Ashmole, and Professor C. M. Robertson have given me the photographs from which my illustrations are taken. Mrs. D. J. Furley has helped me with the index; my wife and Dr. V. Ehrenberg read my manuscript and Mr. E. W. Handley my proofs: to them in particular I would express my thanks.

T. B. L. WEBSTER

LONDON, 1950.

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