Five Comedies Bacchides, Menaechmi, Miles Gloriosus, Hecyra, and Adelphoe

ISBN-10: 087220362X
ISBN-13: 9780872203624
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

"This is a book worthy of high praise... All versions are exceedingly witty and versatile, in verse that ripples from one's lips, pulling all the punches of Plautus, the knockabout king of farce, and proving that the more polished Terence can be just as funny. Accuracy to the original has been thoroughly respected, but look at the humour in rendering Diphilius' play called Synapothnescontes as Three's a Shroud... Students in schools and colleges will benefit from short introductions to each play, to Roman stage conventions, to different types of Greek and Roman comedy, and there is a note on staging, with a diagram illustrating a typical Roman stage and further diagrams of the basic set for each play. The translators have paid more attention to stage directions than is usually given in translations, because they aim to show how these plays worked. This is a book to be used and enjoyed." -- Raymond J Clark, The Classical Outlook. "This book is perfect for my course on spectacle and entertainment in Rome. The translations are funny, accessible, and fast-paced, and all of the stage directions help me and my students imagine these comedies as real, performed, popular theatre..." -- Anne Duncan, Arizona State University. "What a delight to have these lively, funny, readable, actable versions available! This really fills a need for ancient drama and theatre history courses..." -- Diane Arnson Svarlien, Georgetown College. "A very readable translation that students will enjoy. Concise and helpful comments..." -- Ann Thomas Williams, Duquesne University. "Good translations are rare, good jokes even rarer; this volume in very rare fashion gives us plenty of both... I smiled and laughed on every page..." -- Christopher Brunelle, Vanderbilt University.

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.

General Introduction
Major Blowhard [Plautus's Miles Gloriosus]
Double Bind [Plautus's Menaechmi]
The Wild, Wild Women [Plautus's Bacchides]
The Mother-in-Law [Terence's Hecyra]
The Brothers [Terence's Adelphoe]
A Note on the PreAct of The Wild, Wild Women
A Supplementary Prologue to The Wild, Wild Women

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