RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 33277313 LA English T1 Four comedies A1 Plautus, Titus Maccius., Segal, Erich,, PB Oxford University Press PP Oxford; New York YR 1998 SN 0192838962 9780192838964 0192831089 9780192831088 AB The first professional playwright in history, Plautus was the creator of racy, raucous, very funny plays that will make modern audiences laugh as much as the first Romans did. Plautus was the single greatest influence on Western comedy. 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 humour, 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. His Introduction considers Plautus' place in ancient comedy, examines his continuing influence, and celebrates his power to entertain.