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Definition: Greek playwright who wrote comedies. He wrote the so-called New Comedy, which was not satirical, like Aristophanes. Rather, New Comedy was gentle humor, largely having to do with love plots. His characters are also highly developed, unlike those in Aristophanes. Sadly, only one of Menander's plays, The Curmudgeon, has survived in its entirety. Fragments of other plays exist, and we know about Menander largely through the works of Plautus and Terence, Romans who based their plays on Menander's.

Related Resources:
Ancient Greece
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Biography of Menander
He was much more than his plays. Find out more here.

The Comedy of Menander
Find out more about Menander and the plays he wrote.

Greek Theatre
An introduction to Greek tragedy and comedy.

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