Menander’s Enduring Characters

face of a prisoner

Ovid, writing about 20 BCE, probably with knowledge and experience of the full corpus of Menander’s works, noted four enduring, common characters in Menander:

While devious slaves, stern fathers, cruel pimps,
and enticing whores live, so will Menander

See Ovid, Amores 1.15. 17-19 (trans. A. S. Kline).

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