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

Editor Plautus
by Erich Segal

Oxford University Press | May 17, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.79 in

Published: May 17, 2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 019954056X

ISBN - 13: 9780199540563

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

Editor Plautus
by Erich Segal

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.79 in

Published: May 17, 2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 019954056X

ISBN - 13: 9780199540563

About the Book

Plautus was the single greatest influence on Western comedy. In fact, 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 humor, 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. This volume includes, The Braggart Soldier, e Brothers Menaechmus, The Haunted House, and The Pot of Gold.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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

Editorial Reviews

`Enormously playable . . . scrupulously accurate.'' Dr Richard C. Beacham, Department of Theatre Studies, University of Warwick