Synopses & Reviews
Plautus was the single greatest influence on Western comedy. In fact, Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors and Moliere's the Miser are two subsequent classics directly based on Plautine originals. Plautus himself borrowed from the Greeks, but his jokes, rapid dialogue, bawdy humor, and irreverent characterizations are the original work of an undisputed genius. The comedies printed here show him at his best, and Professor Segal's translations keep their fast, rollicking pace intact, making these the most readable and actable versions available. This volume includes, The Braggart Soldier, e Brothers Menaechmus, The Haunted House, and The Pot of Gold.
"The translation is vivid and offers a sense of immediacy. Translations of this sort can bring classics to a much wider audience and show why classical literature is not only didactic but very enjoyable as well."--Ippokratis Kantzios, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
The first professional playwright in history, Plautus was the creator of racy, raucous, hilarious plays that will make modern audiences laugh as much as the first Romans did. The comedies printed here show him at his best, and Professor Segal's translations keep their fast, rollicking pace intact, making these the most readable and actable versions available. His introduction considers Plautus's place in ancient comedy, examines his continuing influence, and celebrates his power to entertain.
About the Author
Erich Segal is Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He was Professor Classics at Yale and is author of Roman Laughter
, a study of Plautus. He also wrote Love Story