The Rope and Other Plays

The Rope and Other Plays


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Paperback
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$15.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140441369
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Brilliantly adapting Greek New Comedy for Roman audiences, the sublime comedies of Plautus (c. 254 -184 bc ) are the earliest surviving complete works of Latin literature. The four plays collected here reveal a playwright in his prime, exploring classic themes and developing standard characters that were to influence the comedies of Shakespeare, Molière and many others. In The Ghost, a dissolute son who has squandered his father’s money is thrown into disarray when he returns from abroad, a theme that is explored further in the comedy of errors A Three-Dollar Day. In The Rope – regarded by many as the best of Plautus’ plays – the shipwreck of a pimp and his slaves leads to the touching reunion of a father and his daughter, while Amphitryo, Plautus’s only excursion into divine mythology, offers a cheerful account of how Jupiter became father to Hercules.

Table of Contents

The Rope and Other PlaysIntroduction

The Ghost Mostellaria

The Rope Rudens

A Three-Dollar Day Trinummus

Amphitryo

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