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Miles Gloriosus

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  446 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
"Miles Gloriosus" or "Braggart Warrior" is one of the best-known and liveliest Roman comedies. It shows Plautus at his ablest in ingenious plot construction, vivid characterization, fast-moving action, and humorous dialogue.

This edition of the Latin text is fully and very helpfully annotated. The substantial introduction considers the antecedents of Plautus's drama in Gree
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 25th 1997 by Harvard University Press (first published -206)
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How to literally kill your average rating: read books for uni.
Eh, that's why I don't read much these days...
Alex (fanboyreader)
Jun 16, 2016 Alex (fanboyreader) rated it did not like it
had to read it for my latin classes too and i did not enjoy the story, i didn't even finish it
David Sarkies
Oct 20, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who can handle strange names
Recommended to David by: Classical Studies
Shelves: comedy
Some people think they are more than they really are
20 October 2014

I must say that I found this play to be quite confusing, namely because of the names. There are five characters whose names each begin with the letter P, and since three of them are quite long, it ended up leaving me quite baffled. I have finally, after reading through the Wikipedia entry, have managed to actually work out what is going on. No doubt it would have come out much better if I had seen it performed (which is unlikely
May 22, 2008 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, theatre
I am so incredibly impressed with the Roman comedies. Whether Plautus or Menander, these authors knew what was funny. And in looking back on it, we learn that what is truy funny, stands the test of time. Good humor is based on the human condition, and that hasn't changed much over the centuries.

Translator, Erich Segal, does a fantastic job of keeping the meaning and style and rhythm of the lines, as well as the alliteration.

It can be a difficult trap, reading verse, but when one makes the effort
Jan 04, 2016 Mar rated it did not like it
Hello? What was this? Non-sense. I'm a total lover of classic theater but this one was boring to death. Meh. DNF.
Jan 09, 2017 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
had to read this for my drama class. I was bored with it.
Cristina - Athenae Noctua
Il Miles Gloriosus è forse la commedia più nota di Plauto, oltre che la più significativa nell'illuminarne le caratteristiche della drammaturgia dell'autore. Essa rappresenta la vicenda di cui è vittima Pleusicle, un giovane ateniese cui Pirgopolinice, un soldato che millanta grandi imprese guerresche (il suo nome significa Conquistatore di rocche e città) e stuoli di donne che si struggono per lui, ha sottratto l'amata Filocomasio; nel frattempo, senza saperlo, ha acquistato anche un servo di P ...more
JJ Bellassai
Feb 10, 2016 JJ Bellassai rated it really liked it
"Pyrogopolynices: I wonder if you remember...
Artotrogus: How many? Yes, a hundred and fifty in Cilicia, a hundred in Scytholatronia, Sardians thirty, Macedonians sixty- killed that is- in one day alone.
Pyrogopolynices: How many does that make altogether?
Artotrogus: Seven Thousand.
Pyrogopolynices: Must be at least that. You're an excellent accountant." (p. 154-155)

So far the best reading for "Comedy from Athens to Hollywood".

Maria Rita
2.75 this was (obviously) a required reading for my Latin literature Class and even though I know that Plautus' comedies set up a whole series of characters and situations that were fundamental for the rise of the theatre as we know it, I still didn't like this one. It was boring and it just dragged on and on and on
Nov 23, 2012 Demiurghi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un classico sempre attuale, una lettura veloce eppur divertente e istruttiva.
Tutta la recensione dei Demiurghi la ritrovate qui: BIBLIOTECA: Il soldato fanfarone
Raffaele Castagno
Jan 24, 2016 Raffaele Castagno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non guardate il cinepanettone. Leggete Plauto, si ride di più. "Lo sanno tutti che di Pirgopolinice, al mondo, ce n'è uno solo, e che il tuo valore, la tua bellezza, le tue imprese non hanno eguali!". Spacconi di ieri che assomigliano a quelli di oggi.
Francine Maessen
Feb 20, 2016 Francine Maessen rated it liked it
I feel like Plautus jumped to his conclusion too fast. Halfway through the play it was already clear how it would end and that just made the second half kind of boring. I've read better plays by him.
Lauren Elyse
I just, you know, missed the conflict. Everything went according to plan which, as you & I both know, doesn't happen.
Mar 24, 2016 Giulia rated it it was amazing
Plautus is my favorite Latin comedian. Needless to say, the Miles Gloriosus is his best work, funny and totally enjoyable.
Mar 27, 2016 Joel rated it liked it
Shelves: classical
Last month, I went to the theatre to see a representation of the Miles Gloriosus. Because I knew the plot, the book was a little boring to read, but equally I liked it.
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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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