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(340s BCE – 290s BCE)

Greek dramatist and the best-known representative of Athenian New Comedy; author of more than a hundred comedies. His works were lost in the Middle Ages and are known today in highly fragmentary form, much of which was discovered in the 20th century. Only one play, Dyskolos, has survived almost entirely. See original Greek texts on the Greek author page.



  • Aspis ("The Shield"; about half)
  • Dyskolos ("The Grouch" or "Old Cantankerous"; the best preserved play)
  • Epitrepontes ("Men at Arbitration"; most)
  • Perikeiromene ("Girl who has her hair cropped"; about half)
  • Samia ("Girl from Samos"; four out of five sections)
  • Sikyonioi or Sikyonios ("Sicyonian(s)"; about half)

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Some or all works by this author were published before January 1, 1929, and are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.

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