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The Pot of Gold and Other Plays

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Plautus's broad humor, reflecting Roman manners and contemporary life, is revealed in these five plays: The Pot of Gold (Aulularia), The Prisoners (Captivi), The Brothers Menaechmus (Menaechmi), The Swaggering Soldier (Miles Gloriosus), and Pseudolus.

Synopsis:

Plautus argued by some to be the supreme comic writer of the Roman world, has also proved the most influential. In this translation, as suitable for the stage as for reading, Plautus' broad and lively humour is re-created.

About the Author

Titus Maccius Plautus was born in Sarsina, Umbria, in about 254 BC, and was originally named, after his father, Titus. Little is known of his life, but it is believed that he went to Rome when young and worked as a stage assistant. His potential as an actor was discovered and he acquired two other names: Maccius, derived perhaps from the name of a clown in popular farce, and Plautus, a cognomen meaning ‘flat-footed. Somehow Plautus saved enough capital to go into business as a merchant shipper, but this venture collapsed, and he worked (says the tradition) as a millers laborer, and in his spare time studied Greek drama. From the age of forty onwards he achieved increasing success as an adaptor of Greek comedies for the Roman stage. Much of his work seems to be original, however, and not mere translation. He was rewarded by being granted Roman citizenship. According to Cicero he died in 184 BC.

E.F. Watling was educated at Christ's Hospital and University College, Oxford. His translations of Greek and Roman plays for the Penguin Classics include the seven plays of Sophocles, nine plays of Plautus, and a selection of the tragedies of Seneca.

 

Table of Contents

The Pot of Gold and Other Plays The Pot of Gold

Aulularia

The Prisoners

Captivi

The Brothers Menaechmus

Menaechmi

The Swaggering Soldier

Miles Gloriosus

Pseudolus

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140441499
Translator:
Watling, E. F.
Author:
Watling, E. F.
Author:
Plautus
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondworth, Eng. ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Roman Literature
Subject:
Greek and roman
Subject:
Amphitryon (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin classics
Publication Date:
19650931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.78x5.05x.68 in. .44 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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