Friday, June 16, 2017


Women Eating Lunch Together

Kathryn Gutzwiller and Ömer Çelik, "New Menander Mosaics from Antioch," American Journal of Archaeology 116.4 (October, 2012) 573-623 (at 597-606); Niall W. Slater, "The Evidence of the Zeugma Synaristosai Mosaic for Imperial Performance of Menander," Ancient Comedy and Reception: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Henderson, ed. S. Douglas Olson (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014), pp. 366-374; and Mario Telò, "Basket Case: Material Girl and Animate Object in Plautus's Cistellaria," in Roman Drama and its Contexts, edd. Stavros Frangoulidis et al. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016), pp. 299-316 (at 302-305), discuss mosaics depicting Menander, Synaristosai (the original of Plautus, Cistellaria).

Mosaic, copy of original by Dioscourides of Samos, from Villa of Cicero, Pompeii (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, inv. 9987):

Mosaic from House of Zosimus, Zeugma (Gaziantep Museum of Archaeology, inv. no. 8177):

Mosaic from House of Menander, Mytilene (New Archaeological Museum of Mytilene):

Detail of mosaic from Daphne near Antioch (Hatay Archaeology Museum?):

See also Ioannis M. Konstantakos, "The Drinking Theatre: Staged Symposia in Greek Comedy," Mnemosyne 58.2 (2005) 183-217 (Menander, Synaristosai at 194-198), and Sebastiana Nervegna, "Menander at Dinner Parties," Menander in Antiquity: The Contexts of Reception (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 120-200.

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