Plautus, Vol 5 Plautus

ISBN: 9780674993624

Published: 1961

Hardcover

590 pages


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Plautus, Vol 5  by  Plautus

Plautus, Vol 5 by Plautus
1961 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 590 pages | ISBN: 9780674993624 | 8.77 Mb

Plautus (Titus Maccius), born c.254 BCE at Sarsina in Umbria, went to Rome, engaged in work connected with the stage, lost his money in commerce, then turned to writing comedies. 21 plays have survived (one is incomplete). The basis of all is a freeMorePlautus (Titus Maccius), born c.254 BCE at Sarsina in Umbria, went to Rome, engaged in work connected with the stage, lost his money in commerce, then turned to writing comedies.

21 plays have survived (one is incomplete). The basis of all is a free translation from comedies by such writers as Menander, Diphilus & Philemon. So we have Greek manners of Athens about 300-250 transferred to the Roman stage of about 225-185, with Greek places, people & customs, for popular amusement in a Latin city whose own culture wasnt yet developed & whose manners were more severe. To make his plays live for his audience, Plautus included many Roman details, especially concerning slavery, military affairs & law, with some invention of his own, notably in management of metres.

The resulting mixture is lively, genial & humorous, with good dialog & vivid style. There are plays of intrigue (Two Bacchises, The Haunted House, Pseudolus)- of intrigue with a recognition theme (The Captives, The Carthaginian, Curculio)- plays which develop character (The Pot of Gold, Miles Gloriosus)- others which turn on mistaken identity (accidental as in the Menaechmi- caused on purpose as in Amphitryon)- plays of domestic life (The Merchant, Casina, both unpleasant- Trinummus, Stichus, both pleasant).Loeb Classical Librarys edition of Plautus is in five volumes.



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