Four Comedies

Four Comedies : "The Braggart Soldier", "The Brothers Menaechmus", "The Haunted House", "The Pot of Gold"

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Plautus was the single greatest influence on Western comedy. Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors and Moliere's The Miser are two subsequent classics directly based on Plautine originals. Plautus himself borrowed from the Greeks, but his jokes, rapid dialogue, bawdy humour, and irreverent characterizations are the original work of an undisputed genius. The comedies printed here show him at his best, and professor Segal's translations keep their fast, rollicking pace intact, making these the most readable and actable versions available. His introduction considers Plautus' place in ancient comedy, examines his continuing influence, and celebrates his power to entertain.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 231.33g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192838962
  • 9780192838964
  • 1,658,136

About Titus Maccius Plautus

Erich Segal is Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He was Professor Classics at Yale and is author of Roman Laughter, a study of Plautus. He also wrote Love Story.show more

Table of contents

Includes: The Braggart Soldier; The Brothers Menaechmus; The Haunted House; The Pot of Goldshow more

Review quote

These translations are unrivalled in English. The dialogue is brisk, puns and alliterative strings trip from [Segal's] pen with an abandon that rivals the master himself, and the lyrics really ache to be sung. It is great theatre! Professor Walter Moskalew, Classics Department, Ball State Universityshow more

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