Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Menander
(2,737 words)

(Μένανδρος/Ménandros; Latin Menander)

A. Historical dimension

The Greek playwright M. (342/41–291/90 BC), a pupil of Theophrastus and Epicurus and follower of the Peripatetic school of Aristotle, is regarded as the most important author of the so-called Greek New Comedy (Néa), less satirical than the 'Old Comedy' created by Aristophanes and not directly political. Probably not least in reaction to the Aristotle's derogatory verdict on the comic genre [20.307 f.], it presented a small number of stereotypical characters with conflicting interests in a tightly c…

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Lach, Roman, “Menander”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004678>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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