Plautus' Curculio

ISBN-10: 0806125071
ISBN-13: 9780806125077
Edition: Revised 
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Description: Plautus'Curculio, the shortest of the twenty surviving comedies by ancient Rome's master dramatist, certainly is among his best. It has all the characteristics that make Plautus a perenial favorite among readers of Latin: archetypal characters such  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 1/13/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

Plautus'Curculio, the shortest of the twenty surviving comedies by ancient Rome's master dramatist, certainly is among his best. It has all the characteristics that make Plautus a perenial favorite among readers of Latin: archetypal characters such as the braggart warrior and the greedy parasite, a seminal plot based on greed and deception, and the powerful, inventive verbal style that for two thousand years has been the playwright's chief claim to critical attention.For all those reasons, theCurculiois an excellent introduciton to an important and appealing ancient ariter. In the revision of the American Philogical Association edition, the introduction and notes have been expanded and a vocabulary has been added. The edition retains the standard scholarly Latin text, so that the book will be useful even to advanced readers of Plautus.

Plautus and Terence used stock characters (the young lovers, the clever slave, the irate father) and devices (mistaken identity), but each handled these conventions in his own distinct manner. Plautus was the son of a poor Umbrian farmer who may have fought in the Second Punic War. The playwright Plautus is said to have been a popular actor, true comedian, jovial, tolerant, rough of humor. He not only modeled his plays on the Greek New Comedy, but unhesitatingly inserted long passages translated from the Greek originals. He was the master of comic irony and, as its originator, copied by Moliere, Corneille, Jonson, Dryden and Fielding. Shakespeare based his Comedy of Errors on Plautus's Menaechmi. Of more than 100 plays, 21 survive.

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