Menander in Antiquity: The Contexts of Reception

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The comic playwright Menander was one of the most popular writers throughout antiquity. This book reconstructs his and his plays' afterlife from his lifetime 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 reperformances. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages317
ISBN (Print)9781107004221
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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