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The Eunuch

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When first performed, The Eunuch was a great success. Today, with its larger-than-life characters (particularly the boastful soldier Thraso and the toady Gnatho), its farcical and exaggerated humour and its vigorous action, it strikes the modern reader as the funniest and most Plautine of Terence's six comedies.
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published April 2nd 2000 by Liverpool University Press (first published -161)
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The Roman comedic playwright Terence wrote Eunuchus around 160 BC. Like much early Roman drama it is an adaptation of a Greek original, namely Menander’s Eunochos along with a few elements borrowed from Menander’s Kolakos. The plot initially involves the young man Phaedra’s rivalry against the stupid soldier Thraso for a courtesan, Thais. When Phaedra’s younger brother Chaerea rapes a female slave of Thais’s, having gained access to the house by pretending to be a eunuch, things swiftly become m ...more
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David Christenson provides a very-readable introduction and modern translation of this enjoyable little comedy notable especially for not only being one of the few extant Roman comedies available but also for being one of Martin Luther's favorite plays. Highly recommended for both the student of classical theater as well as the Lutheran disciple.
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Terence, Latin in full Publius Terentius Afer (born c. 195 bc, Carthage, North Africa [now in Tunisia]—died 159? bc, in Greece or at sea), after Plautus the greatest Roman comic dramatist, the author of six verse comedies that were long regarded as models of pure Latin. Terence’s plays form the basis of the modern comedy of manners. (

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