Plautus: Menaechmi by PlautusPlautus: Menaechmi by Plautus

Plautus: Menaechmi

byPlautusEditorA. S. Gratwick

Paperback | June 25, 1993

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Plautus' comedy Menaechmi was the main inspiration for Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. In this edition Dr. Gratwick provides a newly constituted text, a commentary for students giving help with language and context, and an introduction that sheds new light on the interpretation of the play and on Plautus' place in the development of European comedy. Central to Dr. Gratwick's treatment is an analysis of the various meters employed by Plautus, which challenges many conventional views but also offers the student practical assistance with the technical problems involved.
Plautus and Terence used stock characters (the young lovers, the clever slave, the irate father) and devices (mistaken identity), but each handled these conventions in his own distinct manner. Plautus was the son of a poor Umbrian farmer who may have fought in the Second Punic War. The playwright Plautus is said to have been a popular ...
Title:Plautus: MenaechmiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.32 × 4.84 × 0.63 inPublished:June 25, 1993Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521349702

ISBN - 13:9780521349703


Table of Contents

Introduction: 1. The genre; 2. This play; 3. The MSS and the transmission; 4. Scanning and reading Plautus' verse; T. Macci Plavti Menaechnu; Commentary; Appendices.

Editorial Reviews

"Professional classicists will be impressed not just by the quantity of information presented on its pages, but by the quality and originality of the author's scholarship, the amount of painstaking labor that he has invested in every sophisticated analysis, and the graceful precision of his writing." Bryn Mawr Classical Review