Meander's 'Androgynos': Plot, personae, and context

Whitehorne, J. E. G. (2000) Meander's 'Androgynos': Plot, personae, and context. Hermes, 128 3: 310-319.

Author Whitehorne, J. E. G.
Title Meander's 'Androgynos': Plot, personae, and context
Journal name Hermes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0018-0777
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 128
Issue 3
Start page 310
End page 319
Total pages 10
Editor J. Bleicken
S. Dopp
H. Erbse
K.-J. Holkeskamp
A. Kohnken
Place of publication Stuttgart, Germany
Publisher Steiner
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C3
420205 Latin and Classical Greek
750902 Understanding the pasts of other societies
Formatted abstract
Only a few fragments survive of Menander's 'Androgynos or Cretan', to give the play its full title'. Caecilius, the acknowledged successor to Plautus as Rome's foremost comic dramatist, adapted it into Latin in the second century B.C. but even less (only 2 lines) remains of his version. Accordingly it may seem difficult to say anything now about the play which is not entirely speculative. There is however a 12th century Latin "comedy" called 'Alda', the work of a French cleric Guillaume de Blois, and in his prologue (lines 9-28) Guillaume claims that he derived his work from a Menandrian original. Since 'Alda' is subtitled in one reference (after a necessary and obvious emendation) 'Androgynaeculum', the probability that Guillaume's source was a prose hypothesis of the 'Androgynos' must be very high although the link cannot of course be proved beyond all doubt.
Q-Index Code C3

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