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    Description"The works of Plautus," writes Palmer Bovie, "mark the real beginning of Roman literature." Now Bovie and David Slavitt have brought together a distinguished group of translators for the final two volumes of a four-volume set containing all twenty-one surviving comedies of one of Western literature's greatest dramatists. Born in Sarsina, Umbria, in 254 B.C., Plautus is said to have worked in Rome as a stage carpenter and later as a miller's helper. Whether authentic or not, these few details about the playwright's life are consistent with the image of him one might infer from his plays. Plautus was not "literary" but rather an energetic and resourceful man of the world who spoke the language of the people. His dramatic works were his way of describing and portraying that world in a language the people understood. Since Plautus's career unfolded against the background of the Second Punic War, it is not surprising that his prologues often end with a wish for the audience's "good luck against your enemies" or that the plays have their share of arrogant generals, boastful military captains, and mercenary adventurers. But other unforgettable characters are here as well-among them Euclio, in the Aulularia, the model for Moliere's miser. In these lively new translations, which effectively communicate the vitality and verve of the originals, the plays of Plautus are accessible to a new generation. Plays and translators: Volume 4: Persa, Palmer Bovie. Menaechmi, Palmer Bovie. Cistellaria, R. H. W. Dillard. Pseudolus, Richard Beacham. Stichus, Carol Poster. Vidularia, John Wright.

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    Comedies: v. 4
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Titus Maccius Plautus, Edited by David R. Slavitt, Edited by Palmer Bovie
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 392
    Width: 149 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 513 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801850738
    ISBN 10: 0801850738

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    LC classification: PA6569 .S55 1995, PA6569.S55
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    Publication date
    01 October 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than fifty books. His translations include the Metamorphoses of Ovid, The Fables of Avianus, the "Eclogues" and "Georgics" of Virgil, and Seneca: The Tragedies, Vols. 1 and 2, all available from Johns Hopkins.
    Review quote
    Plays and translators: 'Poenulus,' Janet Burroway * 'Asinaria,' Fred Chappell * 'Trinummus,' Daniel Mark Epstein * 'Epidicus,' Constance Carrier * 'Mostellaria,' Palmer Bovie
    Table of contents
    "Persa", Palmer Bovie; "Menaechmi", Palmer Bovie; "Cistellaria", R.H.W. Dillard; "Pseudolus", Richard Beacham; "Stichus", Carol Poster; and "Vidularia", John Wright.