HP 2014-02

Une nouvelle publication sur Ménandre.


Menander in contexts

Edited by Alan H. Sommerstein

Routledge – 2014 – 286 pages


The comedies of the Athenian dramatist Menander (c. 342-291 BC) and his contemporaries were the ultimate source of a Western tradition of light drama that has continued to the present day. Yet for over a millennium, Menander’s own plays were thought to have been completely lost. Thanks to a long and continuing series of papyrus discoveries, Menander has now been able to take his place among the major surviving ancient Greek dramatists alongside Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes.

In this book, sixteen contributors examine and explore the Menander we know today in light of the various literary, intellectual, and social contexts in which his plays can be viewed. Topics covered include: the society, culture, and politics of his generation; the intellectual currents of the period; the literary precursors who inspired Menander (or whom he expected his audiences to recall); and responses to Menander, from his own time to ours. As the first wide-ranging collective study of Menander in English, this book is essential reading for those interested in ancient comedy the world over.


Contents : Introduction Alan H. Sommerstein Part 1. Context: Society (Gender, Slavery, War) 1. Money and Love in Menandrian Comedy Horst-Dieter Blume 2. Menander and the Pallake Alan H. Sommerstein 3. Rethinking Rape in Menander’s Comedy and Athenian Life: Modern Comparative Evidence Sharon L. James 4. Relationships among Slaves in Menander Eftychia Bathrellou 5. Military Culture and Menander Mario Lamagna Part 2. Context: Dramatic Tradition 6. Staging and Constructing the Divine in Menander Sarah Miles 7. The Unity of Time in Menander Robert Germany 8. Aspects of Recognition in Perikeiromene and Other Plays William D. Furley 9. Failing Communication in Menander and Others Gunther Martin Part 3. Context: Philosophy and Medical Thought 10. Menander and the Peripatos: New Insights into an Old Question Angelo Casanova 11. Menander, Aristotle, Chance and Accidental Ignorance Valeria Cinaglia 12. Melancholic Lovers in Menander Christophe Cusset Part 4. Context: Posterity 13. On the Reception of Menander in the Imperial Period Orestes Karavas and Jean-Luc Vix 14. ‘Not Even Menander Would Use this Word!’: Perceptions of Menander’s Language in Greek Lexicography Olga Tribulato 15. An Ideal Reception: Oscar Wilde, Menander’s Comedy, and the Context of Victorian Classical Studies Serena Witzke 16. Menander’s Epitrepontes in Modern Greek Theatre: The Poetics of its Reception and Performance Stavroula Kiritsi



HP 2014-01



1. Congrès international de l’APLAES

2. Nouvelles publications

3. Colloque de Varsovie : Fragments, Holes, and Wholes: Reconstructing the Ancient World in Theory and Practice


1. Congrès international de l’APLAES


L’Association des Professeurs de Langues Anciennes de l’Enseignement Supérieur organise un congrès annuel. Il se tiendra cette année à l’ENS de LYON du 23 au 25 mai 2014. La partie scientifique du congrès sera consacrée au thème suivant :

« Le poète et l’épigramme ».

Vous trouverez le bulletin d’inscription et le programme sur le site de l’APLAES au lien suivant :




2. Nouvelles publications


• Christophe Cusset, « Souffrance et vaillance. Sur un acrostiche méconnu au chant III des Argonautiques d’Apollonios de Rhodes », REG, tome126 (2013/2), p. 623-633. Le texte est lisible au lien suivant : http://www.hisoma.mom.fr/annuaire/cusset-christophe


• Pierre Fröhlich, Patrice Hamon (ed.), Groupes et associations dans les cités grecques (IIIe siècle av. J.-C.-IIe siècle ap. J.-C). Actes de la table ronde de Paris, INHA, 19-20 juin 2009. Hautes études du monde gréco-romain, 49.   Genève:  Librairie Droz, 2013.  Pp. 338.  ISBN 9782600013703.


• Andreas Kleineberg, Christian Marx, Dieter Lelgemann, Europa in der Geographie des Ptolemaios. Die Entschlüsselung des “Atlas der Oikumene”: Zwischen Orkney, Gibraltar und den Dinariden .   Darmstadt:  WBG (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft), 2012.  Pp. 272.  ISBN 9783534248353.  €49.90.


3. Conference : Fragments, Holes, and Wholes: Reconstructing the Ancient World in Theory and Practice

Warsaw, Poland, 12–14 June 2014

The programme of the conference “Fragments, Holes and Wholes” is now available online at http://www.knoka.pan.pl/index.php/konferencje.


Please note that several papers deal with Hellenistic Poetry.

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