Plautus The Comedies Complete Roman Drama in Translation

Plautus The Comedies Complete Roman Drama in Translation I am a big fan of Plautus having fallen head over heels for Roman Comedy in undergraduate school Do not buy all the books in this series but do read Mostellaria The Haunted House and Captivi The Prisoners of War Mostellaria is just fun and Captivi presages in many ways the Christian concept of sacrifice You have to be willing as you must with Shakespeare too to invest some effort in visuallizing the stage action Fortunately the introduction to the books in this series are really helpful 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 dramatistsBorn in Sarsina Umbria in 254 BC 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 understoodSince 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 Molière'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 generationPlays and translatorsVolume 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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