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Plautus: Aulularia

Plautus: Aulularia (Paperback)

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The Aulularia is a comedy by the early poet Plautus (about 200 BCE) who

transformed plays of Greek New Comedy, especially Menander, into typical

Roman plays. Great interest lies in the imaginative metre and the archaic

language of Plautus' work, whose 20 plays are the oldest substantial surviving

documents in this language. This book focuses on the Aulularia, a brilliant piece

of writing, containing comic scenes of great variety and one character (the old

man Euclio), unmatched in surviving Latin drama for vivid presentation and

effective development. The play raises very interesting questions about the

relation of Roman comedy to the Greek theatrical tradition which lies behind it

and its unfinished state has provoked much discussion about how it could have

been completed. The Aulularia has given inspiration to a host of works in later

European literature from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, yet no new edition

or commentary has been published in English since 1913.



With an introduction that will be of interest to students of literature and classics,

there is also a substantial chapter on the rich reception of the play in modern

literature as well as a chapter on the Greek original.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: classical, early & medievalEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: plays & playwrightsFilm, TV & DramaTheatrePlays, playscripts Publisher: Liverpool University Press Publication Date: 24/10/2016 ISBN-13: 9781910572382  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Keith Maclennan was Head of Classics at Rugby School, England, from 1964 to 2000 Walter Stockert was Privatdozent at the University of Vienna from 1992 to 2010, and occupied the Latin chair at the University of Heidelberg for one term (1998-1999)

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