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Four Comedies: The Braggart Soldier; The Brothers Menaechmus; The Haunted House; The Pot of Gold

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Plautus was the single greatest influence on Western comedy. In fact, 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 humor, and irreverent characterizations are the original work of an undisputed genius. The comedies print ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 19th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 26th 1996)
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C. Rufinus
May 30, 2016 C. Rufinus rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Play-lovers and Shakespeare-haters (so that they can learn that not all plays are so bad)
I read the third and fourth plays - Haunted House and Pot of Gold - a few months ago and really enjoyed them, so I decided a couple days ago that I should finish the book. Indeed, it was definitely worth the read.

This translation was awe-inspiring. Beautifully worded, with an almost lyrical style (forsooth, I read it mentally as if a song), clever word-play, witty witticisms. I haven't checked yet, but I do so hope that this translator has more, many more, for if he does I shall search for them
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virgodura
Oct 24, 2010 virgodura rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, 2010, classics
Yes, I read these plays twice in two editions, what is my life.... They are so much better than Menander - not didactic and hey, with wordplay!
Zach Vowles
Apr 26, 2014 Zach Vowles rated it really liked it
Shelves: assigned-reading
I only have read the Braggart Soldier, but it was extremely clever, and actually quite enjoyable to read. One of the best classical works in my opinion.
Haley
Aug 30, 2015 Haley rated it really liked it
Read The Brothers Menaechmus for my theater class. It was pretty funny (for being from Ancient Roman times) and easy to read.
Brian
Jul 14, 2016 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read Aulularia in 1968 in Mrs. Classetty's 2nd-year Latin class at John Burroughs High School.
Robin
Apr 02, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
Funny, Ending could have been a bit more satisfying.
Conor
Feb 06, 2016 Conor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Whipping slaves is funny" - Potential blurb
Matúš Mikuš
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"Comedies"
Shawn
Jan 01, 2011 Shawn rated it really liked it
Plautus - A Roman comic playwrite circa 200 BC.
I was a little hesitant to read this as the only other comedies I've read from ancient times were terrible (the Greek comic playwrite Aristophanes).
But these were rather enjoyable and an easy read. Probably due to a good translation.
Tim
Sep 12, 2012 Tim rated it liked it
Segal's translations are good, but I hate having the notes at the back of the book rather than the bottom of the page.
Taffy
Sep 30, 2013 Taffy rated it liked it
Actually quite good! Much funnier and easily accessible than I had anticipated. Excellent translation.
Jamie
Jan 10, 2008 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Roman comedies that are full of more than just slapstick.
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Titus Maccius Plautus (c. 254 – 184 BC), commonly known as Plautus, was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period. His comedies are the earliest works in Latin literature to have survived in their entirety. He wrote Palliata comoedia, the genre devised by the innovator of Latin literature, Livius Andronicus. The word Plautine refers to both Plautus's own works and works similar to or influenced b ...more
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