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Characters. Herodas: Mimes. Sophron and Other Mime Fragments

Characters. Herodas: Mimes. Sophron and Other Mime Fragments

Theophrastus, Herodas, Sophron

Edited and translated by Jeffrey Rusten and I. C. Cunningham

ISBN 9780674996038

Publication date: 01/30/2003

This volume collects important examples of Greek literary portraiture. The Characters of Theophrastus consists of thirty fictional sketches of men who are each dominated by a single fault, such as arrogance, boorishness, or superstition. The Hellenistic poet Herodas wrote mimes, a popular entertainment in which one actor or a small group portrayed a situation from everyday life, concentrating on depiction of character rather than on plot. The volume also includes a new translation and text of extant portions of the mimes of Sophron, a Syracusan of the fifth century BCE Here too is a selection of anonymous mime fragments.

The work of Sophron and the anonymous mime fragments are newly added to the Loeb Classical Library in this second edition of a volume published in 1993. Jeffrey Rusten and Ian Cunningham have also updated their editions of Theophrastus and Herodas.


  • This new text and translation functions superbly on several levels: a very reliable text...a very good translation...and incorporation of the best readings from the most reliable manuscripts, consulted directly.

    —John Scarborough, Scholia Reviews


  • Jeffrey Rusten is Professor of Classics at Cornell University.
  • I. C. Cunningham was formerly Keeper of Manuscripts, National Library of Scotland.

Book Details

  • 432 pages
  • 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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