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A Commentary on The Heros and Theophoroumene of Menander

Ioannidou, K; (2017) A Commentary on The Heros and Theophoroumene of Menander. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

This commentary is mainly concerned with collecting together all the textual and material evidence for Menander’s comedies Heros and Theophoroumene, together with recent bibliography, in order to fill the gap opened by the obsolescence of Gomme and Sandbach’s 1973 commentary, which is based on Sandbach’s 1972 Oxford Classical Text. Given the new editions published lately (Arnott 1996; Austin 2013; Blanchard 2013), there is also scope for revisiting and re-examining the papyri for new readings and reconstructions. The thesis also aims to discuss problematic areas in the plays in the light of recent publications on Menander. Much new material has been added since 1973 to the tradition of both comedies; and recent discussions of the plays and Menander in general have changed the questions scholars ask of New Comedy in a variety of areas, including its themes, masks, and sociopolitical stance. These recent publications have renewed and revived interest in Menander: an up-to-date commentary is thus a major desideratum, and can substantially contribute to the study of the playwright. The textual evidence for the two plays is scanty, and poses serious problems of reconstruction and as a result, the thesis engages fully with the body of non-literary evidence: i.e. the rich iconographic tradition of Menander’s comedies, which contributes crucial data about the plays’ characters, thus assisting in the reconstruction of the plots of the two lost plays.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: A Commentary on The Heros and Theophoroumene of Menander
Event: University College London
Language: English
Additional information: Third party copyright material has been removed from ethesis.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1557153
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