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  1. The Pot of Gold and Other Plays (Classics) by Plautus, 1965-09-30
  2. The Rope and Other Plays by Plautus, 1964-05-30
  3. Plautus: Pseudolus (Bristol Latin Texts Series) by M Willcock, 2009-09-30
  4. Four Comedies: The Braggart Soldier; The Brothers Menaechmus; The Haunted House; The Pot of Gold (Oxford World's Classics) by Plautus, 2008-06-15
  5. The Mostellaria by Titus Maccius Plautus, 2009-12-24
  6. Roman Laughter: The Comedy of Plautus by Erich Segal, 1987-05-21
  7. The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience by Timothy J. Moore, 1998
  8. The Early Latin Verb System: Archaic Forms in Plautus, Terence, and Beyond (Oxford Classical Monographs) by Wolfgang David Cirilo de Melo, 2007-12-07
  9. Plautus in Performance: The Theatre of the Mind (Greek and Roman Theatre Archive, Volume 2) by Niall W. Slater, 2000-06-01
  10. Plautus: The Comedies - Volume II (Complete Roman Drama in Translation) (Volume 2)
  11. Plautus' Curculio (Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture) by Titus Maccius Plautus, John Wright, 1993-10
  12. Plautus, Volume 2 by Titus Maccius Plautus, Paul Nixon, 2010-04-20
  13. Syntax Of Plautus by W. M Lindsay, 2009-11-23
  14. Plautus: The Comedies (Complete Roman Drama in Translation) (Volume 1)

1. Plautus - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
Titus Maccius plautus (c. 254–184 BC), commonly known as plautus, was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period. His comedies are among the earliest surviving intact works
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation search For the Roman noble, see Rubellius Plautus Plautus Born c. 254 BC
Umbria Died 184 BC
Nationality Roman Information Period Ancient Rome Genre comedy Dramatic devices stock characters Influences Menander Aristophanes Influenced William Shakespeare Molière Titus Maccius Plautus (c. 254–184 BC), commonly known as Plautus , was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period. His comedies are among the earliest surviving intact works in Latin literature . He wrote Palliata comoedia , the genre devised by the innovator of Latin literature Livius Andronicus . The word Plautine (pronounced /ˈplɔːtaɪn/ ) is used to refer to Plautus's works or works similar to or influenced by his.
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    Little is known about Titus Maccius Plautus' early life. It is believed that he was born in Sarsina, a small town in Umbria in central Italy,around 254 BCE. According to Morris Marples, Plautus worked as a stage-carpenter or scene-shifter in his early years. It is from this work, perhaps, that his love of the theater originated. His acting talent was eventually discovered; and he adopted the names "Maccius" (a clownish stock-character in popular farces) and "Plautus" (a term meaning either "flat-footed" or "flat-eared," like the ears of a hound

2. Titus Maccius Plautus (c. 254 - C. 184 B.C.)
Brief biography of Titus Maccius plautus, ancient Rome's bestknown playwrightplus links to all of his works currently in print.
Titus Maccius Plautus Sometime around 254 B.C., in the tiny mountain village of Sarsina high in the Apennines of Umbria, ancient Rome's best-known playwright was bornTitus Maccius Plautus. Born "Plautus" or "splay-foot", he apparently managed to escape his backwoods village at a young ageperhaps by joining one of the itinerant theatrical troupes which commonly traveled from village to village performing short boisterous farces. We know, however, that at some point the young Plautus gave up his acting career to become a Roman soldier, and this is probably when he was exposed to the delights of the Greek stage, specifically Greek New Comedy and the plays of Menander . Sometime later, he tried his hand as a merchant, but rashly trusted his wares to the sea and at the age of 45, he found himself penniless and reduced to a wandering miller, trudging through the streets with a hand-mill, grinding corn for householders. Meanwhile, translations of Greek New Comedy had come into vogue and Plautuswho remembered the comedies of Menander from his days as a soldier in Southern Italydecided to try his hand at writing for the stage. His earliest plays

3. Writings And Career Of Plautus
Biography of the Roman dramatist Titus Maccius plautus and analysis of his poetic qualities.
This document was originally published in The Drama: Its History, Literature and Influence on Civilization, vol. 2 . ed. Alfred Bates. London: Historical Publishing Company, 1906. pp. 159-165.
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Titus Maccius Plautus was esteemed by the Romans as their greatest dramatist, and still holds a high rank among the comic writers of the world. Twenty of his plays are extant, and though a few of them are incomplete, they have reached us, in the main, as they were written. The maturity which comedy attained in a single generation affords remarkable contrast to the slow process by which other literature was developed in Rome. This is probably due to the dramatic and musical medleys, which, in their allusions to current events and their spirit of banter, must have had a close affinity with the dialogue of Plautus, and also to the use of the Latin language as the organ of business among urban communities. More, however, was due to the genius and command of language possessed by the two oldest creators of Roman literature, and Plautus.

4. Plautus, Titus Maccius
A biography of the Roman playwright; includes a list of related links.
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TITUS MACCIUS PLAUTUS (c. 254-184 B.C.) The following biography was originally published in Minute History of the Drama "PLAUTUS," the single name by which modern writers refer to this writer of Roman comedy, was merely a nickname which in exact Umbrian dialect meant "flatfoot." It is exactly as though, today, we were to say, "John Jones, Beanpole." It is doubtful whether Plautus ever achieved Roman citizenship. He is supposed to have made money working around the Roman stages as carpenter or mechanic; to have set himself up in some sort of business where he promptly lost his entire savings; finally to have been reduced to turning a handmill for a baker. It is during this period, according to tradition, that he probably sold his first plays to the managers of the public games and thus began the playwriting career that lasted for nearly forty years. The plays of Plautus, as was the custom, had Greek characters, Greek names, and Greek scenery, but the manners and flavor were distinctly Roman. Most of his plots Plautus adopted whole from Greek originals of the " New Comedy " period. If we find the comedies of Plautus unspeakably vulgar in conception and expression we must remember that he had to appeal to an uneducated crowd whose chief interests were in bear baiting and gladiatorial combats. If Plautus was to eat, his humor had to be broad or his plays would have been shouted off the stage.

5. The Casket Comedy: Halisca's Monologue
A monologue from the play by Titus Maccius plautus. NOTE This monologue is reprinted from plautus, vol. II.
THE CASKET COMEDY A monologue from the play by Titus Maccius Plautus NOTE: This monologue is reprinted from Plautus, vol. II . Trans. Paul Nixon. London: William Heinemann, 1917. HALISCA: If heaven doesn't rescue me, I'm dead and done for, with not a soul to look to for aid! Oh, how miserable my own heedlessness makes me! Oh! how I dread what will happen to my back, if my mistress finds out I've been so negligent! [thinking] Surely I had that little casket in my hands and received it from her here in front of the houseand where it is now I don't know, unless I dropped it somewhere about here, as I suspect. [to audience] Dear gentlemen, dear spectators, do tell me if anyone of you saw him, the man who carried it off or who picked it up. Did he go [pointing] this way, or that?

6. Titus Maccius Plautus: Monologues
An index of monologues by Titus Maccius plautus.
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7. Plautus - Dark Humor And Dramatic Irony
Undergraduate essay on dramatic irony and illusionbreaking in Ancient Greek and Roman comedy.
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Course Pages: German 101 German 102 German 203 German 204 ... PRINT VERSION Dramatic Irony and Dark Humor in the Plays of Plautus
Dramatic irony, when strictly defined, appears in fact very rarely in ancient comedy; instead, it becomes common in Shakespearean and other European comedies. The classic example is, of course, the hero who remarks to the audience, "I would rather die than fail now" he means simply that he intends to succeed, but the audience reads this correctly as a foreshadowing of the hero's imminent death. In a broader sense, however, dramatic irony develops a meaning that allows its application to ancient comedy. The dramas and novels of the German Romantic authors, for example, exhibit a form of dramatic irony that mirrors the "illusion-breaking" role so familiar to us. In the tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann, the narrator interrupts the story at frequent intervals to exert his creative presence, reminding the audience to discard their disbelief and try to imagine the situations as he describes them, regardless of how outrageous it may seem and regardless of whether or not the tale is true.
A remarkably similar form of irony appears, then, in the works of Aristophanes. Often during the course of his plays, the audience is directly addressed by the actors; this is of course true in the parabasis, where it becomes a defining element, and also in the prologue, where it is necessary to set up the details of the story. However, aside remarks made to the audience continue to appear, sometimes in unexpected places in the middle of dramatic conflicts or battles, amidst arguments or vehement discussions, or in other scenes where the action seems to take a more serious turn. The asides then relieve the tension produced at these moments, and add to the humor and comic character of the plays.

8. Plautus - Simple English Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
Titus Macchius plautus wrote plays in Ancient Rome. Many people just call him plautus. He was probably born in Sarsina (a city in Romagna) around 254 BC.
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You can help Wikipedia by making this page or section simpler Titus Macchius Plautus wrote plays in Ancient Rome . Many people just call him Plautus . He was probably born in Sarsina (a city in Romagna ) around 254 BC . His comedies are among the earliest works of Latin literature that has not been lost. He is also one of the earliest writers of musical theater
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Little is known about Plautus' early life. When Plautus was young, he built stages for plays. He also helped change the scenes. This might be when he started to love the theatre. People noticed that he was a talented actor . He called himself "Macchius" (a clownish character in popular farces ), and "Plautus" (a term meaning "flat-footed"). Tradition also says that after some time, he made enough money to start working in the shipping business. He started something, but he was not successful. He then is said to have worked as someone who worked with his hands. He learned about Greek drama — particularly the New Comedy of Menander — in his free time. His studies led to his plays being shown. The plays were first shown between c. 205 BC and 184 BC. Plautus' comedies are mostly adaptations of Greek plays for Roman people. They are usually based on the works of the Greek playwrights.

9. A Plautus Reader
Search Inside A plautus Reader Selections from 11 Plays John Henderson. 5” x 7.75” Paperback ISBN 9780-86516-694-3 Click to Order The comic playscripts by plautus—the earliest
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ISBN 978-0-86516-694-3 Click to Order The comic playscripts by Plautus—the earliest Latin texts we have—made it through the ancient world to reach ours because the moves and verbal jousting found in them have always made people laugh. Plautine comedies span a wide range of idioms, extending from saucy adventures in the sex trade with Father as the fall-guy who foots all bills, to the trouncing of bigmouth trooper by Ms. Hot Stuff; from the fairytale wishes come true of faraway foundlings fished up on a surprise romantic shore, to the caricature gospel that re-stages the myth of the birth of the hero, in true panto style, gods and all. Although there is no such creature as a typical Plautus play, this cannily chosen set of excerpts—ranging from the best- to least-known plays—gives a good sense of how a whole script runs, from opening hush, through brisk cameos and spectacular showstoppers, to final bow. John Henderson’s energy, wit, and contagious affection for Plautus’snappy Latin (which he calls “Plautin”) take the reader along on a whirlwind, laugh-out-loud tour. His combination of commentary, interpretive remarks, and attention to staging and metatheatrics make this edition a perfect introduction to Plautus, and an incentive for further reading.

10. Plautus
Latin 4105 plautus, Amphitruo . Unless you have read Roman comedy before, plautus is likely to be the most difficult text to read this semester, if only because the language is
Latin 4105: Plautus, Amphitruo Unless you have read Roman comedy before, Plautus is likely to be the most difficult text to read this semester, if only because the language is archaic and the vocabulary unfamiliar. The meter is also not easy. On all these topics, Christenson's commentary is very good, and you should use it as needed. And although I will not ask you to sing Sosia's great canticum , you should attempt to understand the meter of this and of the regular spoken meter, the iambic senarius. Amphitruo is, as Plautus himself makes clear in the prologue, not a typical comedy; indeed, Mercury calls it tragicomoedia . Why? what does he mean? What is the effect of a comedy of mistaken identity (a common plot; compare Menaechmi ) in which one of the pairs is god/king and the other is god/slave? Roman comedy is generally (and rightly) said to be based on Greek New Comedy, and one of the major strands of Plautine criticism until recently has been to try to detect what is "Plautine" or "Roman" in Plautus (see Fraenkel and Handley, below). How can you tell what is "Greek" and what is "Roman"and does it matter? Putting it another way, how does Plautus make his plays at home in Rome? to what extent is he commenting on his own society (see Gruen and Konstan below)? Are allusions to Roman social situations (e.g. the torture of slaves) meant to be social criticism, or simply funny? Is Sosia's great speech on the battle meant to evoke Roman experience? If so, to what effect?

11. Plautus - Roman Playwright Titus Maccius Plautus
plautus was the greatest Roman comic playwright, Titus Maccius plautus was born 254 B.C. in Umbria and died in 184. He was reputed to have written 130 pieces.
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    Titus Maccius Plautus was born c . 254 B.C. in Umbria (northern Italy, to the east of Etruria [ see map sections Gd-e ]) and died in 184.
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    Plautus may have joined a traveling acting group that performed farces. After leaving Umbria, he became a Roman soldier. While stationed in southern Italy [ see map of Southern Italy ] he was exposed to the Greek New Comedy and the plays of Menander. When his business plans failed, Plautus tried writing comedies and made a success of it by using puns and slapstick gags to make plays entertaining enough to compete with the games for audience attention.

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    13. Terence (c. 190-158 B.C.)
    From the time of plautus and Terence it is possible to trace in European drama the same characters, the same plots, the same old themes of a
    Home Ancient Theatre Medieval Theatre 16th Century ... Email Us TERENCE (c. 190-158 B.C.) T HE second important writer of Latin comedies presents a remarkable contrast to the first. Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), probably a native of Carthage, was a slave in the family of a Roman patrician. On account of his witty conversation and graceful manners, he became a favorite in the fashionable society of Rome and received his freedom. His work, so far as we know it, consists of two sorts: fairly close translations of Menander , and contaminations. There are six extant plays, three of which, The Brothers, The Girl of Andros, and The Eunuch , are contaminations. Each is made from two Greek plays. Of the remaining three, the Phormio is based on a play by the Greek Apollodorus, and the others are from Menander. The Brothers (Adelphi) The weakness of Terence lies in his lack of the bolder elements of action. His characters are somewhat deficient in variety, and his situations are inferior to those of

    14. T. Maccius Plautus, Stichus, Or The Parasite Rebuffed, Introduction, THE SUBJECT
    Some think this is not by plautus. English translation, in HTML. Has link to the Latin. St. toc

    15. Plautus - The Art And Popular Culture Encyclopedia
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        Plautus’ range of characters was created through his use of various techniques, but probably the most important is his use of stock characters and situations in his various plays. He incorporates the same stock characters constantly, especially when the character type is amusing to the audience. As Walter Juniper wrote, “Everything, including artistic characterization and consistency of characterization, were sacrificed to humor, and character portrayal remained only where it was necessary for the success of the plot and humor to have a persona who stayed in character, and where the

    16. Books About: Plautus (translation Publishing Literature)
    The Captiva and the Mostellaria Public Domain Books, 2005 This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers.
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    The Captiva and the Mostellaria

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    This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
    The Pot of Gold and Other Plays (Classics)
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    A History Lesson in Funny
    Plautus is an important Roman comedian, because he preserves Greek works (The Swaggering Soldier is a re-telling of a lost Greek play, Alazon, or The Braggart), and he shows us some of the similarities between ancient Greek and Roman senses of humor, which are not far from contemporary Western senses of humor. Plautus also influenced other great playwrights. For example, The Brothers Menaechmus ...
    Classical Comedy (Penguin Classics)
    Aristophanes Menander Penguin Classics The ideal single-volume introduction to the greatest masterpieces of ancient comedy From the fifth to the second century B.C., theatrical comedy flourished in Greece and Rome. This new anthology brings together four essential masterworks of the genre: Aristophanes? bold, imaginative The Birds ; Menander?s The Girl from Samos , which explores popular contemporary themes of mistaken identity and sexual misbehavior; and two later ... Five Comedies: Miles Gloriosus, Menaechmi, Bacchides, Hecyra and Adelphoe (Hackett Publishing Co.)

    17. The Miles Gloriosus Of T. Maccius Plautus.
    Text in Latin, with notes by Robert Yelverton Tyrrell in English. Page images.

    18. Plautus, Terence, And Cicero By Sanderson Beck
    BECK index plautus, Terence, and Cicero plautus The Menaechmi The Asses The Merchant The Swaggering Soldier Stichus The Pot of Gold Curculio Epidicus The Captives
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    Cicero on Ethics
    This chapter has been published in the book . For ordering information please click here. Roman culture originated out of Etruscan rituals and religion and was influenced greatly by the Greeks. Livy described how Etruscan dance and music were introduced in Rome during a plague in 364 BC to appease the gods. Histrionic gestures were developed into dialogs with plots adapted from Greek tragedies and comedies by a Greek slave named Livius Andronicus by 240 BC. Andronicus translated Homer's Odyssey into Latin, and it was used in schools for generations. Short Oscan plays from Campania using mime called fabula Atellana were based on the characters of the stupid clown Maccus, the bragging glutton Bucco, the foolish old Pappus, and the hunchback trickster Dossennus. In the late third century BC Gnaeus Naevius wrote an epic on the first Punic war , a few tragedies about the Trojan war, and dozens of comedies based on Greek plays as well as one play about Romulus and Remus and one about the victory by consul Marcellus over the Insubrian Gauls in 222 BC; the plays of Naevius were so critical of political figures that he was imprisoned and went into exile. Greek tragedies were also adapted by Quintius Ennius (239-169 BC), Marcus Pacuvius (c. 220-c. 130 BC), and Lucius Accius (170-c. 86 BC), and Greek comedies were translated by the freed Insubrian slave Caecilius Statius (c. 219-c. 166 BC), but these are all lost.

    19. Plautus - Titus Maccius Plautus
    plautus was a Roman playwright and writer of comedies. Shakespeare based some of his comedies on the plays of plautus.
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    Plautus was the greatest Roman comic playwright, Titus Maccius Plautus was born 254 B.C. om Umbria and died in 184. He was reputed to have written 130 pieces.
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    Annotated timeline about Roman drama. Ennius wrote in many genres.
    A Funny Thing Happened
    Article on the modern play based on ancient comedies by Plautus Steven Sondheim's Broadway musical, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.
    Plautus, Terence, and Cicero
    Sanderson Beck's article on Plautus includes a synopsis of The Menaechmi, The Asses, The Merchant, The Swaggering Soldier, Stichus, The Pot of Gold, Curculio, Epidicus, The Captives, The Rope, Trinummus, Mostelleria, Pseudolus, The Two Bacchides, Amphitryo, Casina, The Persian, and Truculentus
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    20. Plautus Biography Summary |
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