Classical Comedy

Aristophane's Birds/Menander's Girl from Samos/Plautus's Brothers Menaechmus/Terence's Eunuch

Aristophanes - Author

Menander - Author

Plautus - Author

Terence - Author

Erich Segal - Editor

Erich Segal - Introduction by

Erich Segal - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140449822 | 352 pages | 29 May 2007 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The ideal single-volume introduction to the greatest masterpieces of ancient comedy

From the fifth to the second century B.C., theatrical comedy flourished in Greece and Rome. This new anthology brings together four essential masterworks of the genre: Aristophanes’ bold, imaginative The Birds; Menander’s The Girl from Samos, which explores popular contemporary themes of mistaken identity and sexual misbehavior; and two later Roman comic plays—Plautus’s The Brothers Menaechmus, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors; and Terence’s bawdy yet sophisticated double love plot, The Eunuch. Together, these four plays capture the genius of classical comedy for students, theatergoers, actors, lovers of satire, and anyone interested in the ancient world.