Terence: Eunuchus by TerenceTerence: Eunuchus by Terence

Terence: Eunuchus

byTerenceEditorJohn Barsby

Paperback | February 28, 1999

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 254 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


This is the first ever full-scale commentary in English on Eunuchus (The Eunuch) by the Roman comic playwright Terence. This was his most successful play in his lifetime and one of his most popular plays in the Renaissance period, though it has been surprisingly neglected by modern commentators. The book provides a thorough examination of the literary and dramatic qualities of the play, and also offers a close study of Terence's Latin in comparison with that of his predecessor Plautus.
Terence was born in Carthage. As a boy, he was the slave of Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, who educated him and set him free. He was an intimate friend of the younger Scipio and of the elegant poet Laelius. They were the gilded youth of Rome, and Terence's plays were undoubtedly written for this inner circle, not for the vulgar cr...
Title:Terence: EunuchusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 7.32 × 4.84 × 0.79 inPublished:February 28, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521458714

ISBN - 13:9780521458719


Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: 1. Terence and his background; 2. Theatrical conditions and stage conventions; 3. Terence and his Greek originals; 4. Language and style; 5. Metrical structure; 6. The manuscript tradition; P. Terenti Afri Eunuchus; Commentary; Appendices; Bibliography and references; Index.

From Our Editors

This book, part of the Cambridge Greek and Latin series, provides a comprehensive analysis of Roman playwright Terence’s most popular work. His play The Eunuch underwent a revival in the Renaissance period. Terence: Eunuchus approaches its study of the play from both a literary and a dramatic perspective. Author John Barsby also offers a close look at the linguistic style of the playwright’s Latin in comparison with his predecessors.

Editorial Reviews

"...Barsby has given us a helpful exegesis of the play, well adapted to its audience. If not among the highlights of its series, this volume is certainly a useful addition to it. Barsby is sensitive throughout to the needs of undergraduates struggling with a new sort of Latin and a new set of prosodic rules, and he is alert to nuances of diction." Classical World