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Who was Menander? An ancient Greek playwright from Athens

By |2017-12-21T10:56:44+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Who was Menander? Here he is on a fresco painting from Pompeii, in Italy, painted after he died. Who was Menander? Menander is the only playwright from the Hellenistic period whose plays survive. Actually only one play, the Dyskolos, survives, and a lot of fragments. Even the Dyskolos was unknown until about thirty [...]

Who was Aristophanes? Greek playwright

By |2018-04-23T08:37:16+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Aristophanes: Greek krater bowl for mixing water and wine, with a scene from a comedy on it (Probably the Tarpoley Painter, about 400 BC) Political comedy Aristophanes (arr-iss-TA-fa-knees) lived in Athens at about the same time as Euripides, about 450-388 BC. But Aristophanes wrote comedies instead of tragedies. Most of Aristophanes' plays are [...]