Dyskolos (Greek δύσκολος " curmudgeon ", " misanthrope ", " misanthrope " ) is the title of a comedy by the Greek poet Menander. It is the only of his works - and indeed the only work of the New Comedy - this is almost entirely narrated: 969 verses in five acts and a prologue of the god Pan, together with information on the performance time and the Table of Contents, 11 mutually described, except for small gaps well-preserved leaves from the 3rd century AD The papyrus copy acquired around 1957 to the Geneva bibliophile Dr. Martin Bodmer and put them after the scientific community ( March 1959 edition ).

The Dyskolos was 316 BC premiered at the Lenaia and won the first prize.


The work is a character comedy, no intrigue piece: It's about the funny and ironic drawings of different characters and not to the resolution of complicated " comical " situations.

Quoted from Aristophanes of Byzantium. In: Menander: Dyskolus / Dyskolos ( Tusculum Collection ). Heimeran, Munich 1960, p 7 (Text in Greek and German language ).

Expenditure in German

  • Eberhard Rechenberg, eds, Translator and introd: Menander: "The old curmudgeon ". Übers of M. Ernst R. Lehmann- Leander, Wolfgang Tilgner. In: Greek comedies. ( Aristophanes, Menander ). Series: Collection Dieterich, 277 Dieterich'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Leipzig 1966
  • Georg Woehrle, Translator: The Difficult. German premiere in 2008 at the University of Trier, review, interpretation
  • Walter Hofmann et al Übers: Antique comedies. Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence. Series: Library of Weltliteratur.Aus the Griech. and Lat -. structure, Berlin 1967
  • Klaus Eder, eds: Antique comedy. Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence. Series: Frederick dramatist of world theater, 30 German paperback publisher dtv 6830, Munich 1974 ( previously in Friedrich Verlag, Velber 1968)
  • Masterpieces of ancient comedy: Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence. Anaconda, Cologne 2007 ISBN 3866471610