Ancient Greek Comedy: Menander’s Dyscolus

Pan’s Cave at Phyle.

Course Number: GRW 6317 section 1804. Credits: 03. Room: FLG 0275. Times: T 9-11.  GRW 6346 is a graduate course offered in the Department of Classics at the University of Florida. Department contact: Ms. Tina Williams.

Course Description

A close reading of Menander’s Dyscolus, with special attention to the socio-cultural and topographical settings of the play. Discussion topics will include the papyrological transmission, style, structure, grammar, and metre of the text, as well as its reception in later times.

Textbooks and Other Study Aids

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Course Requirements and Grading

  • Prerequisites. Knowledge of ancient Greek at the advanced level.
  • Test I (Translation of 3 passages from the readings covered in sessions 1-6): 30%.
  • Test II (Translation of 3 passages from the readings covered in sessions 1-11): 30%.
  • Class Performance (inclusive of one oral presentation on a topic to be determined with the instructor): 40%.

Test format: 4 passages, choice of 3; maximum time 3 hours. The tests will be available from e-Learning during the examination periods indicated below. Further instructions will be provided with the tests.

Grading Rubric for Translations

Attendance and General Course Policy

  • Attendance. Students are required to attend regularly and complete their assignments by the due dates (unless otherwise arranged with the instructor).
  • Assignments. It is unlikely that we will be able to cover all reading assignments in class. Students will be accountable for all assigned material, whether there is time to go over it in class or not.
  • Honor Code. Students in GRW 6317 section 1804 are expected to comply with the Academic Honor Code of the University of Florida (see also the section on Academic Honesty in the Graduate Catalog.)

Course Evaluations

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course based on 10 criteria. These evaluations are conducted online at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at



Testing weeks: Test I, Oct 10 to14. Test II, Dec 12 to 16.

01 AUG 30 Handley Introduction pp. 3-73 + Ὑπόθεσις p. 77; Τὰ τοῦ δράματος πρόσωπα p. 78.
Gomme and Sandbach Introduction pp. 1-49. Papyrus Bodmer iv plate 1.
02 SEP 06 Dysc. 1-75
03 SEP 13 Dysc. 76-152
04 SEP 20 Dysc. 153-228
05 SEP 27 Dysc. 229-300
06 OCT 04 Dysc. 301-375
07 OCT 11 Dysc. 376-455
00 OCT 18 Dysc. 456-521
08 OCT 25 Dysc. 522-606
09 NOV 01 Dysc. 607-674
10 NOV 08 Dysc. 675-750
11 NOV 15 Dysc. 751-826
12 NOV 22 Dysc. 827-900
13 NOV 29 Dysc. 901-969
14 DEC 06  TBA