This book documents the origins of modern comedy by examining the evolution of 'New Comedy', the Greek genre of which the works of Menander are the only surviving example.
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Earlier authors like Aristophanes wrote in a completely different style: raucous, bawdy, fantastical, and vaudeville. Menander of whom Plutarch said, 'what other reason would a cultivated man have to go to the theatre?
The Romans adapted these comedies giving them their own farcical spin. Though they based their comedies on Greek originals, Plautus referred to them as 'barbarian versions'; they were mockeries on Hellenistic themes.
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Terence, by contrast, is more like Menander, whose plays he followed with some fidelity, but without success. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.
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