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Plautus' Poenulus: A Student Commentary

Plautus' Poenulus: A Student Commentary (Paperback)

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Erin K. Moodie presents a rigorous yet accessible guide to Plautus' satirical play Poenulus for use in the contemporary classroom. Likely written and staged in the years following the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage, Poenulus tells the tale of a young Carthaginian, the adopted son and heir of the man who purchased him as a slave when he was a child, who is in love with a female Carthaginian slave and prostitute. The comedy, especially Plautus' portrayal of his main character, compels the reader to consider Rome's relationship with Carthage, its former enemy; Plautus' role in choosing and adapting plays for the Roman stage; and the constraints of the palliata genre. The full Latin text, based primarily on that of Friedrich Leo, is included in this volume. Moodie's detailed introduction, map, and comprehensive notes approach the text from multiple angles, enabling the advanced undergraduate or graduate student to grapple directly with the issues Poenulus raises.

Her commentary, clearly correlated with specific points in the text by the use of line numbers, provides assistance with early Latin grammar and syntax, Plautine meter, Roman history, and the influences on and performance contexts of Roman comedy. The commentary also introduces students to modern scholarship on the genre, including metatheatrical interpretations and performance criticism.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: classical, early & medievalFilm, TV & DramaTheatreHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalAncient history: to c 500 CEClassical history / classical civilisationHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500 Publisher: The University of Michigan Press Publication Date: 03/11/2015 ISBN-13: 9780472036424  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Erin K. Moodie is Assistant Professor of Classics at Purdue University, USA.

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