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A Companion to Terence by Antony Augoustakis

By Antony Augoustakis

A accomplished selection of essays via top students within the box that handle, in one quantity, a number of key concerns in examining Terence delivering a close learn of Terence’s performs and situating them of their socio-historical context, in addition to documenting their reception via to give day

• The first finished choice of essays on Terence in English, by means of prime students within the field
• Covers a number of issues, together with either conventional and glossy issues of gender, race, and reception
• Features a wide-ranging yet interconnected sequence of essays that provide new views in reading Terence
• Includes an advent discussing the lifetime of Terence, its effect on next reports of the poet, and the query of his ethnicity

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First, almost 300 complete verses of his works have survived, which, coupled with some assessments by ancient scholars, provide just enough material to enable reasonable conjecture. Second, he was one of the three acknowledged superstars of the genre. As the eminent Roman scholar Varro declared: “Caecilius deserves the palm in plot construction, Terence in characterization, Plautus in language” (Menippean Satire 399b). 1 Terence, Popularity, and the Palliata The origins and early history of Roman drama are murky.

There is perhaps a faint echo of this scene towards the end of Terence’s Andria, when Simo has Davos carried indoors and tied up (860–5). It is also clear that Daos in Perinthia had set about tricking his master, just as Davos does in Andria, but we cannot otherwise tell how great the similarity was between the two plays. For Kolax we have excerpts from several scenes that have survived in fragmentary papyrus texts, but tantalizingly little overlaps at all with Terence’s Eunuchus (only one small scrap published by Handley (1983) is a possible candidate, perhaps coming from the scene discussed in the next sentence).

Our understanding of Menander was transformed in the twentieth century by the discovery of papyrus texts of his plays, which had been unavailable for at least twelve centuries: we now have one complete play, substantial portions of six others, and smaller portions of several more. Sadly we do not yet have much that we can compare with Terence’s versions, and it has been calculated that we so far have only about eight percent of Menander’s total output (and hardly anything by any other author of New Comedy).

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