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The Comedies

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'I thought you'd do what the common run of slaves normally do, cheating and tricking me because my son's having an affair.'
Terence's comedies have provided plots and characters for comic drama from classical times to the present; the outstanding comic playwright of his generation at Rome, he has influenced authors from Moliere and Wycherley to P. G. Wodehouse. Scheming sl...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published -160)
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Tara Calaby
Although I wouldn't actually call any of Terence's plays funny by my modern standards, they are much more elegantly crafted than those of Plautus and I find that his characteristic double plots lend themselves to a more interesting kind of comedy of errors. On the downside, the treatment of female characters is a little hard to accept, although in keeping with contemporary values.

Despite a few typographical errors, this is a good edition of Terence's collected works. Without comparing it to the...more
Le commedie di Terenzio sono qualcosa che avevo studiato a scuola e di alcune ricordavo anche la trama, leggerle comunque fa tutto un altro effetto, in qualche modo attenua il bello delle parole perché le trame mi sembravano roba vecchia, tutta giá vista. Peccato che molte di queste trame le aveva elaborate lui per primo o aveva modificato dei canovacci che venivano direttamente dagli autori greci. Purtroppo resta comunque il fatto che queste commedie non mi hanno fatto impazzire, specialmente s...more
Melissa Winterman
While not everyone's cup of tea, I found 'The Comedies' tobe entertaining, along with having some history in them.
Ces comédies du deuxièmes siècle avant Jésus Christ, donnée à Rome et composées par un natif d’Afrique du nord m'ont donné l'image la plus vivante de l'antiquité après le Satiricon de Pétrone. Les trois pièces ont pour thème principal des amours de jeunes hommes contrariés par des pères inquiets qui ne voudraient pas voir leurs rejeton prisonniers d'une mésalliance, d'une vie dispendieuse et dissolue. Les habiles machinations des serviteurs servent l'intrigue et d'heureux coups de théâtre achève...more
Terence is more seamless in his craft than Plautus or Aristophanes and, as a result, his plots lend themselves to greater philosophical reflection; though the plots are standard, Terence weaves a complicated web in each play that is all the more dazzling as it's functions are slowly revealed. The humor, too, is subtle, except perhaps in The Eunuch, and the inspiring element throughout is more humanistic than comedic, as with Menander. An eminently readable playwright, he must've made his Roman a...more
Terence is okay. That's all I can really say about him. He's the latest Roman playwright, and therefore pulls influence from all the previous ancient comedians. His plays include not only heavy influences from Greek comedians, but from Plautus' works as well.

All in all, I enjoyed the grand picture of the stories of Terence's creation; however, reading the plays was a rather dull experience. Not my favorite, but definitely worthwhile!
but if you evaluate them one by one, they're relatively good. better than menander? plautus is much more fun. i suppose terrence is much more intelligent and has a better perspective on women...
Bien que certaines pièces peuvent être drôle à la représentation, une en particulier est difficile à comprendre, certains détails ne sont pas dit. Bref, une bonne lecture mais sans plus.
Offensive Comedy reminds us that the world stands on absurdities
The humor of antiquity puts contemporary comedians to shame.
Witty, urbane, etc. For a person who prefers slapstick, it was okay.
Roman fun but not as fun as Petronius.
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  • The Pot of Gold and Other Plays
  • Menander: The Plays and Fragments
  • Four Tragedies and Octavia
  • The Sixteen Satires
  • Epigrams
  • The "Eclogues" And "Georgics" (Oxford World's Classics)
  • The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters
  • Euripides 2: The Cyclops/Heracles/Iphigenia in Tauris/Helen
  • Sophocles II: Ajax/Women of Trachis/Electra/Philoctetes (Complete Greek Tragedies 4)
  • The Histories
  • The Satyricon and The Apocolocyntosis
  • The Jugurthine War and The Conspiracy of Catiline
  • The Odes
  • Idylls
  • Pharsalia: The Civil War
  • The Letters of the Younger Pliny
  • The Complete Plays
  • Selected Letters
Publius Terentius Afer (195/185–159 BC), better known in English as Terence, was a playwright of the Roman Republic, of North African descent. His comedies were performed for the first time around 170–160 BC. Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, brought Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him and later on, impressed by his abilities, freed him. Terence apparently died young, probably in Greece or...more
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