Athenian playwright of New Comedy

Menander (/məˈnændər/; Greek: Μένανδρος Menandros; c. 342/41 – c. 290 BC) was a Greek dramatist. He is the best-known of Athenian "New Comedy".[1]

Bust of Menander
Bust of Menander. Roman copy of the Imperial era after a Greek original
Born342/41 BC
Diedc. 290 BC
EducationStudent of Theophrastus at the Lyceum
GenreNew Comedy
Notable works

He wrote 108 comedies,[2]. He took the prize at the Lenaia festival eight times.[3] His record at the Dionysia is unknown.

Although he was one of the most popular writers of antiquity, his work was lost during the Middle Ages. It is known now in fragments, many of which were discovered in the 20th century. Only one play, Dyskolos, has survived almost entirely.

References change

  1. Konstan, David (2010). Menander of Athens. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 3–6. ISBN 978-0199805198.
  2. Suidas μ 589
  3. Apollodorus: Chronicle, fr.43