Menander in Antiquity: The Contexts of Reception (Hardback)
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Short Description for Menander in Antiquity Reconstructs the ancient afterlife of Menander by focusing on three contexts of reception: public theatre, private entertainment and schools.
- Published: 30 June 2013
- Format: Hardback 331 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781107004221 ISBN 10: 1107004225
- Sales rank: 640,858
Full description for Menander in Antiquity
The comic playwright Menander was one of the most popular writers throughout antiquity. This book reconstructs his life and the legacy of his work 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 performances. 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.