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

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

byErich SegalEditorPlautus

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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, makingthese 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.

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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.
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Title:Four Comedies: The Braggart Soldier; The Brothers Menaechmus; The Haunted House; The Pot of GoldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.79 inPublished:May 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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