Much of what we know of Greco-Roman comedy comes from the
surviving works of just four playwrights-the Greeks Aristophanes
and Menander and the Romans Plautus and Terence. To introduce these
authors and their work to students and general readers, this book
offers a new, accessible translation of a representative play by
each playwright, accompanied by a general introduction to the
author's life and times, a scholarly article on a prominent theme
in the play, and a bibliography of selected readings about the play
This range of material, rare in a single volume, provides
several reading and teaching options, from the study of a single
author to an overview of the entire Classical comedic tradition.
The plays have been translated for readability and fidelity to the
original text by established Classics scholars. Douglas Olson
provides the translation and commentary for Aristophanes'
Acharnians, Shawn O'Bryhim for Menander's
Dyskolos, George Fredric Franco for Plautus'
Casina, and Timothy J. Moore for Terence's
Subjects: Language & Literature
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