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Comedies free pdf "The works of Plautus," writes Palmer Bovie, "mark the real beginning of Roman literature." Part of a four-volume set containing all twenty-one surviving comedies of perhaps one of Western literature's greatest dramatists, this text contains five translations. Born in Sarsina, Umbria, in 254 B.C., Plautus is said to have worked in Rome as a stage carpenter and later as a miller's helper. Whether authentic or not, these few details about the playwright's life are consistent with the image of him one might infer from his plays. Plautus was not "literary" but rather an energetic and resourceful man of the world who spoke the language of the people. His dramatic works were his way of describing and portraying that world in a language the people understood. Since Plautus's career unfolded against the background of the Second Punic War, it is not surprising that his prologues often end with a wish for the audience's "good luck against your enemies" or that the plays have their share of arrogant generals, boastful military captains, and mercenary adventurers. But other unforgettable characters are here as well - among them Euclio, in the Aulularia, the model for Moliere's miser. These translations aim to communicate the vitality and verve of the originals. Plays and translators contained in Volume 3 are: "Poenulus", Janet Burroway- "Asinaria", Fred Chappell- "Trinummus", Daniel Mark Epstein- "Epidicus", Constance Carrier- "Mostellaria", Palmer Bovie. Plays and translators contained in Volume 4 are: "Persa", Palmer Bovie- "Menaechmi", Palmer Bovie- "Cistellaria", R.H.W. Dillard- "Pseudolus", Richard Beacham- "Stichus", Carol Poster- "Vidularia", John Wright.

About Titus Maccius Plautus

Poet, novelist, and critic David R. Slavitt has published more than fifty books and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. Palmer Bovie has published many translations of classical Roman literature, including The Georgics of Virgil and The Satires and Epistles of Horace.

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Author : Titus Maccius Plautus
Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press
Data Published : 01 August 1995
ISBN : 0801850681
EAN : 9780801850684
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 392 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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