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Roman Laughter: The Comedy of Plautus

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Publisher Comments:

"Mr. Segal has performed the by no means trifling task of making [Plautus's] achievement credible and understandable."--Times Literary Supplement. "It is refreshing to find Plautus examined for what he undeniably was--a theatrical phenomenon."--Classical World. "We certainly need in English a book devoted to Plautus alone and here we have it."--Phoenix. "Many readers will do as I have done: read Roman Laughter with enjoyment and profit."--Classical Philology. "Of all the Greek and Roman playwrights," Erich Segal writes, "Titus Maccius Plautus is the least admired and the most imitated." In Roman Laughter, the first book-length study of Plautus, Segal argues that this neglected writer, often denounced by scholars for such crimes as "barbarous clownery," merits our serious attention precisely because he was the most successful poet of the ancient world. He analyzes the reasons behind this success, placing the author in his social and historical context and observing that Plautus's wildly comedic flouting of Roman law and custom had a cathartic effect upon a people bound by rule in every aspect of their lives. This expanded edition contains a new preface that reconsiders the work of Plautus in light of recent scholarship and also contains essays on the Amphitryon and the Captivi.

Synopsis:

Titus Maccius Plautus was the most successful comic poet of the ancient world, and his work, as well as the tradition it represents, has influenced theatrical comedy for centuries.

Synopsis:

This reissue of a book in English devoted to the work of the Roman comedy writer (c. 254 - 184 BC) includes a new preface and additional appendices covering the plays 'Amphitryon' and 'Captivi'.

Synopsis:

'We certainly need in English a book devoted to Plautus alone and here we have it.' Phoenix This reissue of virtually the only book in English devoted to the work of the Roman comedy writer Plautus (c. 254-184 BC) includes a new preface and additional appendices covering the plays Amphitryon and Captivi.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195041668
Author:
Segal, Erich
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Erich
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Theater
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Classical Studies | Literary Criticism
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Theater -- History -- To 500.
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 229-288.
Series Volume:
115
Publication Date:
19870531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
316
Dimensions:
8.02x5.06x.84 in. .79 lbs.

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Product details 316 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195041668 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Titus Maccius Plautus was the most successful comic poet of the ancient world, and his work, as well as the tradition it represents, has influenced theatrical comedy for centuries.
"Synopsis" by , This reissue of a book in English devoted to the work of the Roman comedy writer (c. 254 - 184 BC) includes a new preface and additional appendices covering the plays 'Amphitryon' and 'Captivi'.
"Synopsis" by , 'We certainly need in English a book devoted to Plautus alone and here we have it.' Phoenix This reissue of virtually the only book in English devoted to the work of the Roman comedy writer Plautus (c. 254-184 BC) includes a new preface and additional appendices covering the plays Amphitryon and Captivi.

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