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date: 19 October 2019

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This chapter reviews our visual record for Greek New Comedy and Roman comedy. It reconstructs the long iconographic tradition of Menander’s plays, from the poet’s own lifetime until late antiquity, by considering several specific artifacts, such as the two mosaics from Pompeii signed by Dioscurides of Samos, and by discussing the relationship between illustrations that can be related to the same comedy. It also considers the extant illustrated manuscripts of Terence, their lost late-antique original, and the relationship between our miniatures and theatrical activities in the Roman world.

Keywords: iconography, Menander, Terence, Greek New Comedy, illustrated manuscripts, monuments, images

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