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|Named Person:||Titus Maccius Plautus|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Titus Maccius Plautus; Erich Segal
|ISBN:||0192838962 9780192838964 0192831089 9780192831088|
|Description:||xlvi, 242 p. ; 20 cm.|
|Contents:||The braggart soldier --
The Brothers Menaechmus --
The haunted house --
The pot of gold.
|Series Title:||Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)|
|Responsibility:||Plautus ; translated, with an introduction and notes by Erich Segal.|
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.