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The comic playwright Menander was one of the most popular writers throughout antiquity. This book reconstructs his life and the legacy of his work until the end of antiquity employing a broad range of sources such as portraits, illustrations of his plays, papyri preserving their texts and inscriptions recording their public performances. These are placed within the context of the three social and cultural institutions which appropriated his comedy, thereby ensuring its survival: public theatres, dinner parties and schools. Dr Nervegna carefully reconstructs how each context approached Menander's drama and how it contributed to its popularity over the centuries. The resultant, highly illustrated, book will be essential for all scholars and students not just of Menander's comedy but, more broadly, of the history and iconography of the ancient theatre, ancient social history and reception studies.Read more
- Systematically collects and discusses the textual and visual evidence for the reception of Menander throughout antiquity
- Attaches great importance to understanding the social and cultural contexts in which his comedy operated
- Includes numerous illustrations and invaluable appendixes of the visual and papyrological sources
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- Date Published: June 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107004221
- length: 334 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.73kg
- contains: 40 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Canonizing Menander in Athens, Alexandria and Rome
2. Menander in public theatres
3. Menander at dinner parties
4. Menander in schools
Conclusion: Menander, survival and loss.
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