《comedy》：Whereas Aristophanic Old Comedy dealt with political institutions, public figures, and fantastical situations,Menandrine New Comedy was concerned with the intimate themes of domestic and private life. New Comedy dramatized the lives of citizens rather than gods and politicians and was interested in romance, sexual desire, the circulation of money, and the imposition of patriarchal order. New Comedy was also the first to conclude with the promise of marriage.Concomitantly, its repertoire of stock characters emerges from the household and orbits around this central domestic space. Menander, Plautus, and Terence populate their plays with variations on the same basic character types: the profligate or impractical young man; the senex, or parent; the matronly wife; the meretrix, or accomplished courtesan; the clever slave; the nervous parasite; the vulnerable maiden; and the miles gloriosus, or swaggering soldier. These characters reflect Menander's absorption of the philosophy of Theophrastus (c. 370c.288 BC), head of the Peripatetic School after Aristotle, and the author of Characters, thirty sketches of human types embodying particular faults and follies. Like stage comedy itself, these amount to possibly the most resilient character types in all Western fiction, with several remaining, in the words of Northrop Frye, `practically unchanged for twenty-five centuries'