Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Menander
MENANDER (-nan′dur), one of the most celebrated of the Greek comic poets; born in Athens in 342 B. C. He composed 108 comedies; but there are only a few fragments remaining of them. Menander was the disciple of Theophrastus, and, like him, excelled in the delineation of character. He was also the friend of Epicurus, whose philosophy he adopted. He is said to have drowned himself 291 B. C. on account of the success of his rival Philemon.