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Plautus Menaechmi

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ISBN-10: 0521349702

ISBN-13: 9780521349703

Edition: 1993

Authors: Titus Maccius Plautus, A. S. Gratwick, P. E. Easterling, Philip Hardie, Richard Hunter

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Menaechmi is one of Plautus liveliest and most entertaining comedies, the main inspiration for Shakespeares The Comedy of Errors. Dr Gratwicks edition brings new light to bear on the interpretation of the play and on Plautus place in the development of European comedy. Central to his treatment is the fact that Plautus was a dramatist who wrote to be heard rather than to be read. The various metres which he subtly and flexibly exploited for musical and dramatic effect are here explained in a way that challenges many received views but also offers the student practical assistance in grappling with the technical problems involved both on stage and in performance. The text has been newly…    
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Book details

List price: $36.99
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/3/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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…    

Author's (Mark Ahavel) Biography The author was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1963 in a Roman Catholic hospital during the middle of Vatican II (1962-'64). And his exact birthday coincides with the day that the prophet Muhammad completed is Hijrah (migration) to Medina, according to Muslim tradition, a significant event in the life of the Prophet for Muslims. In 1963, the Baha'i Faith celebrated their 100th anniversary and they established their International House of Justice on Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel. From the year and the date of the author's birth, one can certainly find ecumenical and interfaith significance, perhaps a portent of his destiny. The author was baptized as an infant in…    

Introduction
The genre
This play
The MSS and the transmission
Scanning and reading Plautus' verse
T. Macci Plavti Menaechnu
Commentary
Appendices