Two Plays of Menander: The Rape of the Locks, the Arbitration

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THE NEW COMEDY. --This form of drama, which has had more influence on the subsequent history of the theatre than either tragedy or comedy of the classical fifth century type, reached its acme in Athens about 320-300 B.C., and completely dominated the stage for some centuries. I may repeat about it some remarks I made in a volume published by the ClarenªD don Press in 1912.* After speaking of the rigid tradiªD tional shell within which Greek tragedy achieved its most poignant artistic hearty, I added: "At one period indeed it looked as if tragedy was beginning to move away from its stiffness. When Sophocles reminds modern critics of Shakespeare it is in part because he began, very cautiously and delicately, to do to tragedy just what we ourselves, nourished on the Elizabethan tradition, would naturally do. We should cut down the formal speeches. We should not compel every speaker to finish his verse. We should unhesitatingly drop the god and the prologue, and sometimes do without the messenger. As for the Chorus, since we do not know how to use it, we should cut it out altogether, or, if that were impossible, cut it down to narrow limits. We should work up the drama pure and simple and forget the fixed lines of the ritual. We should get rid of the monotonous shadow of death. We should

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English Literature and the Classics; Eassys collected by G. C. Gordon, pp. 23 f.

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Two Plays of Menander: The Rape of the Locks, the Arbitration
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • The Rape of the Locks the Perikeiromenê of Menander 3
  • Preface 5
  • ACT I AND PROLOGUE 13
  • PROLOGUE 21
  • ACT II 31
  • ACT III 49
  • ACT IV 71
  • ACT V 89
  • Notes 109
  • The Arbitration the Epitrepontes of Menander 117
  • Introduction 119
  • ACT I 127
  • ACT II 148
  • ACT III 168
  • ACT IV 189
  • ACT V 207
  • Notes 231
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