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Headword: Μένανδρος
Adler number: mu,589
Translated headword: Menander, Menandros
Vetting Status: high
Athenian, ancient comic poet.[1] And another Menander, Athenian, the son of Diopeithes and Hegestrate;[2] concerning whom much has been widely reported; comic poet of the new comedy, squinty in the eyes but sharp in mind, and absolutely crazy about women. He has written 108 comedies[3] and letters to Ptolemy the king,[4] and numerous other stories in prose.
Greek Original:
Μένανδρος, Ἀθηναῖος, κωμικὸς ἀρχαῖος. καὶ Μένανδρος ἕτερος, Ἀθηναῖος, ὁ Διοπείθους καὶ Ἡγεστράτης: περὶ οὗ πολὺς παρὰ πᾶσιν ὁ λόγος: κωμικὸς τῆς νέας κωμῳδίας, στραβὸς τὰς ὄψεις, ὀξὺς δὲ τὸν νοῦν καὶ περὶ γυναῖκας ἐκμανέστατος. γέγραφε κωμῳδίας ρη# καὶ ἐπιστολὰς πρὸς Πτολεμαῖον τὸν βασιλέα, καὶ λόγους ἑτέρους πλείστους καταλογάδην.
[1] Or: poet of old comedy. But either way, not reliably differentiatable from his famous namesake, about to be mentioned.
[2] c.344/3-292/1 BC: OCD4 s.v. Menander(1); Kassel-Austin, PCG VI.2, where this Suda entry is testimonium #1. (For Diopeithes see delta 1188.)
[3] Other sources say 109; but only eight known victories.
[4] The first of that name, king of Egypt.
Keywords: biography; chronology; comedy; gender and sexuality; geography; history; medicine; women
Translated by: D. Graham J. Shipley on 14 July 2002@08:34:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplied headword; added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 15 July 2002@03:59:55.
David Whitehead (modified aspects of translation, after advice from Dr Paul Iversen; associated adjustments in notes; another keyword) on 11 April 2006@03:13:53.
David Whitehead on 16 May 2013@04:30:30.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 9 August 2014@08:28:21.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 24 December 2014@03:14:49.


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