Written by the “Father of Comedy” Aristophanes and Menander, the Greek Satirist Collection includes the most esteemed satirical writings on topics such as the legal system, level of education, and political state of Athens during its height. These works date as far back as the mid-400s BC and appear both in their original Greek and English translation. The purpose of these satirical writings were to point out societal, or sometimes personal shortcomings, in a dramatic and humorous way. This collection offers a unique side-by-side comparison of Aristophanes’ personally and politically targeted “Old Comedy,” and Menander’s “New Comedy” which focuses on general social issues with the use of well-developed plots and characters.
The Logos edition of The Greek Satirists Collection includes Aristophanes’ and Menander’s works in their Loeb classical arrangement. Quick and easy access to maps and charts, as well as definitions and lexical information, allow you to understand historical events like never before. Logos also helps you find etymological connections between English words and their ancient Greek counterparts. Understand the Greek better with linked definitions, synonyms, translations, and pronunciation tools.
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Aristophanes (446 BC—386 BC) is known as “the Father of Comedy" or “the Prince of Ancient Comedy." He is well known for his comic playwriting in ancient Athens; only 11 of his 40 plays survive complete.
Menander (342/2 BC–292 BC) was an Athenian dramatist who won eight Athenian dramatic festivals. He is considered the supreme poet of Greek New Comedy.