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The Comedies

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Roman playwright Terence is one of the founding fathers of European comic drama. This new translation of all six of his comedies brings out their liveliness and performability and sets them in the context of Latin literature and the history of comic drama.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published -160)
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Yann


Ces comédies du deuxième siècle avant Jésus Christ, données 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. Elles sont dans le goût de la nouvelle comédiede Ménandre, laquelle avait tant plu à Plutarque dans cette Oeuvre Morale (traité 56) par rapport à celle de ce diable d'Aristophane.

Les trois pièces ont pour thème principal des amours de jeunes hommes contrariés par des pères inquiets qui ne voudraient pas vo
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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
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GONZA
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.
Jesse
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
Allison
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!
Linda
READING THEM ALL = SUCH TEDIUM DEAR GOD
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...
Cyndie
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.
Samuel
Offensive Comedy reminds us that the world stands on absurdities
Brittany
The humor of antiquity puts contemporary comedians to shame.
A.
Witty, urbane, etc. For a person who prefers slapstick, it was okay.
David
Roman fun but not as fun as Petronius.
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  • Idylls
  • The Nature of the Gods
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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. (britannica.com)

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