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date: 31 May 2020

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This chapter collects the ca. 135 Greek comic poets whose careers postdate partially or entirely that of Menander; included are additions and corrections to the poets included in PCG. The list of poets demonstrates continuing production of new plays until the second century BCE, and an arrangement by place and festival shows the geographical spread. An outline of previous work on post-Menandrian comedy is provided, together with reasons for the relative neglect of this period. The aim of the chapter is to emphasize the continued vitality of the genre in the Hellenistic and Roman periods and the increased importance of dramatic production outside Athens. This evidence counters the traditional view that the genre culminated in the New Comedy of Menander and his contemporaries such as Philemon and Diphilus and that it entered a terminal decline ca. 290 BCE.

Keywords: Menander, Hellenistic period, Roman period, dramatic production, dramatic festivals, New Comedy, Philemon, Diphilus, post-Menandrian comedy

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