The Comedies

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 slaves, parasites, prostitutes, pimps, and boastful soldiers populate his plays, which show love triumphing over obstacles of various kinds, and the problems that arise from ignorance, misunderstanding, and prejudice. Although they reflect contemporary tensions in Roman society, their insights into human nature and experience make them timeless in their appeal. Peter Brown's lively new translation does full justice to Terence's style and skill as a dramatist.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 258.55g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 019282399X
  • 9780192823991
  • 1,181,324

Table of contents

The Girl from Andros ; The Mother-in-Law ; The Self-Tormentor ; The Eunuch ; Phormio ; The Brothersshow more

About Terence

Peter Brown is Lecturer in Classics at Oxford University and Fellow at Trinity College.show more

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