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Book Title: Menander: Plays & Fragments Theophrastus: The Characters|
The author of the book: Menander
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: 1967
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Heroism and moral grandeur are the keynotes of most classical Greek literature; realism as we have known it, is rare. The two writers included in this volume are among the few who have drawn faces in the Greek crowd and shown them to us as they were.
Theophrastus (371-287 B.C.), the Aristotelian philosopher and botanist, is best known for his unique book, The Characters, a series of portraits of such types as the boor, the slanderer, and the ironical man. These certainly influenced his pupil, Menander (342-291 B.C.), who may have even used them as blue-prints for the more realistic characters of the Greek Middle Comedy: later they were translated and imitated by La Bruyere. Through his Roman imitators, Plautus and Terence, he proved to be the originator of European formal comedy, as seen in Moliere, Congreve, Sheridan and even Oscar Wilde.
The bad-tempered man
The unkindest cut
The Samian woman
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Menander (ca. 342–291 BC), the best-known representative of Athenian New Comedy, was the son of well-to-do parents; his father Diopeithes is identified by some with the Athenian general and governor of the Thracian Chersonese known from the speech of Demosthenes De Chersoneso. He presumably derived his taste for comic drama from his uncle Alexis.