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Rome and the mysterious Orient : three plays by Plautus

Author: Titus Maccius Plautus; Amy Richlin
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005.
Series: Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Still funny after two thousand years, the Roman playwright Plautus wrote around 200 B.C.E., a period when Rome was fighting neighbors on all fronts, including North Africa and the Near East. These three plays--originally written for a wartime audience of refugees, POWs, soldiers and veterans, exiles, immigrants, people newly enslaved in the wars, and citizens--tap into the mix of fear, loathing, and curiosity with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comedies
Translations into English
Drama
Named Person: Titus Maccius Plautus; Titus Maccius Plautus; Titus Maccius Plautus; Titus Maccius Plautus
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Titus Maccius Plautus; Amy Richlin
ISBN: 0520242742 9780520242746 0520242750 9780520242753
OCLC Number: 57531628
Language Note: Translated from the Latin.
Description: xiv, 288 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Contents: Weevil (Curculio) --
Iran man (Persa) --
Towelheads (Poenulus).
Series Title: Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Responsibility: translated with introductions and notes by Amy Richlin.
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Still funny after two thousand years, the Roman playwright Plautus wrote around 200 B.C.E., a period when Rome was fighting neighbors on all fronts, including North Africa and the Near East. This  Read more...

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