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Rome and the Mysterious Orient Three Plays by Plautus

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ISBN-10: 0520242750

ISBN-13: 9780520242753

Edition: 2006

Authors: Plautus, Amy Richlin

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Still funny after two thousand years, the Roman playwright Plautus wrote around 200 B.C.E., a period when Rome was fighting neighbors on all fronts, including North Africa and the Near East. These three plays--originally written for a wartime audience of refugees, POWs, soldiers and veterans, exiles, immigrants, people newly enslaved in the wars, and citizens--tap into the mix of fear, loathing, and curiosity with which cultures, particularly Western and Eastern cultures, often view each other, always a productive source of comedy. These current, accessible, and accurate translations have replaced terms meaningful only to their original audience, such as references to Roman gods, with a…    
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/12/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Mason Hammond is Pope Professor of Latin, Emeritus, Harvard University.

List of Illustrations
Why This Book
Why Translate This Way
Conventions of Reference and Abbreviations
How These Plays Got from Plautus to Us
Other Translations
Historical Background
Translation Issues
Performance Issues
Suggestions for Further Reading
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General References
Translations, Commentaries, and Special Studies
Historical Background