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Phormio: A Comedy by Terence

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Latin comedy of the Second Century B.C.E.
"Photographical reproduction of the Phormio of the Codex Bembinus, Vat. lat. 3226, along with a line for line transcription of the same on opposite pages"--Preface.
Text in Latin, introduction & notes in English.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1982 by Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers (Chicago) (first published -161)
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Nicolas Shump
Yet another busy Roman play with little substance. Phormio is the most interesting character, the rest are mostly one dimensional and leaden. Another play with mistaken identity at the core, but so slight when compared to the Greeks or later Comedy.
Good edition. Sargeaunt's notes are very scholarly and generally helpful, although some are dated.
Terence can be a good read. But not always.
Thom Dunn
Trans. by Frank O. Copley
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