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Menander "Misoumenos" or "The Hated Man"

Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

Based on recently discovered fragments, this is one of the most complete English-language publications of Misoumenos, or The Hated Man.
Menander’s Misoumenos, or The Hated Man, is one of his most popular plays to have survived from classical times. Dating to approximately 300 BCE, it tells the story of a mercenary soldier and the captive girl he acquires while on campaign in Cyprus. The play follows the soldier’s growing despair as the girl spurns his advances and slowly turns against him, culminating in his suicidal thoughts.

The play belongs to the ancient genre of New Comedy, of which Menander was the acknowledged master. This edition presents a significantly updated text and the fullest English language translation of the play to date. It aims to restore as much as possible of the action of Misoumenos, reconstructing the language, stagecraft, and theatrical dialogue of the original based on hypothesis and reconstruction. Some sections can be restored nearly in full, permitting access to brilliantly original theatrical dialogue which had been lost for over two millennia. Apart from meter and sophisticated idiom, the themes of love, despair, and sadness that Menander treats are utterly timeless.

279 pages | 5 color plates | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplements

Ancient Studies

History: Ancient and Classical History

Literature and Literary Criticism: Classical Languages

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Table of Contents

1.1 The state of play
1.1.1 What do we know?
1.1.2 What do we not know?
1.1.3 The puzzling middle section
1.1.4 The scene of action
1.2 What is the play about? – Thrasonides
1.3 Other Characters
1.3.1 Krateia
1.3.2 Demeas
1.3.3 Kleinias
1.3.4 Getas
1.3.5 Chrysis
1.4 Pictorial evidence
1.5 Legal Framework
1.6 Staging
1.7 Dating
1.8 Metre
1.9 Transmission of the Text
1.9.1 Antiquity
1.9.2 Modern Age
1.10 Technical points about this edition

2 Text
The cast
Unplaced papyrus fragments
Miscellaneous unplaced fragments

3 Composite Readings

4 Translation

5 Commentary
Act One
Act Two
Act Three
Act Four
Act Five

Book Fragments
Index of Main Passages Cited
Index of Greek words

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