Menander (Menandros; ca. 341/42– ca. 290 BC) was a Greek dramatist and the best-known representative of Athenian New Comedy. He was the author of more than a hundred comedies, and took the prize at the Lenaia festival eight times. His record at the City Dionysia is unknown but may well have been similarly spectacular.

One of the most popular writers of antiquity, his work was lost in the Middle Ages and is known in modernity in highly fragmentary form, much of which was discovered in the 20th century. Only one play, Dyskolos, has survived in its entirety.

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Menander Poems

Menander Quotes

A chaste woman ought not to die her hair yellow.
Menander (c. 342-291 B.C.), Greek playwright. Fragments, no. 610.
Whom the gods love dies young.
Menander (c. 342-c. 291 B.C.), Greek playwright. The Double Deceiver, fragment 25, Menandri Reliquiae Selectae, ed. F.H. Sandbach (1990).

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