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Menander: Samia (The Woman from Samos)

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Edited by Alan H. Sommerstein, University of Nottingham

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For eight centuries after his death Menander was the third most popular poet in the Greek-speaking world, and his plays, through Roman imitations and adaptations, engendered a tradition of European light drama that extends to our own day. But it is only since 1844 that some of the actual texts of Menander's plays have been rediscovered, mostly in Egyptian papyri. Two of these have given us four-fifths of the script of Samia (The Woman from Samos), a play of deception…

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  • Describes the main features of New Comedy and explains key aspects of contemporary history and society
  • Explains Menander's language, which will be unfamiliar to most students, while the Commentary discusses innovative usages in detail
  • The Commentary discusses in detail the problems of restoring the fragmentary text

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