Please forward this error screen to 208. Athens near several farmsteads and a shrine of Pan. 16 BC, where it choosing god’s best pdf Menander the first-place prize. The play was published in 1958 by Victor Martin.
The play begins with Pan, the god who acts as the driving force behind the play’s main actions. Setting the scene, he tells the audience about the farm belonging to Knemon, “the grouch” of the play, a bad-tempered and irritable old man, living with his daughter, Girl and his servant, Simiche. He tells about the old man’s past, and about Knemon’s wife, who had a son with and was widowed by her first husband. She had given birth to their daughter and not long after, she left Knemon because he treated her poorly. She went to live with her son, Gorgias, leaving Knemon with their daughter and Simiche.
Pan, who feels a fondness for Girl, makes Sostratos fall in love with Girl at first sight of her. The play continues with Sostratos telling Chaireas, about how he saw and fell in love with Girl. He had sent Pyrrhias to talk with Knemon, who hits him in the head with a farming tool and chases him away for being on his property. Sostratos instructs Doas to get Getas and explain what has happened, but instead Doas tells Gorgias about Sostratos as he is weary of Sostratos’ intentions. Gorgias meets Sostratos, warning him to stay away and not mistreat his sister because of their class differences. Sostratos convinces Gorgias that he is in love with his sister and will do anything necessary to marry her. It is divulged that Knemon will only allow his daughter to marry someone exactly like him, presenting a problem for Sostratos.
To help make his case, Sostratos puts on a rough, sheepskin coat and goes to work in the fields under Gorgias guidance. Knemon’s servant cries out that her master has fallen in a well to fetch a bucket she mistakenly dropped down there earlier. Gorgias jumps in to save Knemon while Sostratos comforts and admires Girl as she cries about her father’s misfortune. Sostratos pulls the rope up to bring Knemon and Gorgias out of the well. After being faced with the possibility of death, Knemon tells Gorgias to find Girl a husband, as he knows that no one will please him enough to find one for her himself.
Gorgias betroths his sister to Sostratos and introduces him to Knemon, who is indifferent about the marriage. Sostratos excitedly tells his father, Kallippides, about the marriage to Gorgias’ sister. He also suggests a marriage between his own sister and Gorgias . While Kallippides was content with Sostratos marrying Girl, he is not readily accepting of his daughter marrying Gorgias, to have two “beggars” in the family. Sostratos convinces him that money is an “unstable business” and it could be taken from him at any moment.