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A Companion to Terence by Antony Augoustakis

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By Antony Augoustakis

A accomplished number of essays by way of major students within the box that tackle, in one quantity, numerous key matters in studying Terence providing a close examine of Terence’s performs and situating them of their socio-historical context, in addition to documenting their reception via to provide day

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

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A Companion to Terence

A accomplished selection of essays by way of best students within the box that handle, in one quantity, a number of key concerns in studying Terence supplying a close learn of Terence’s performs and situating them of their socio-historical context, in addition to documenting their reception via to provide day• The first entire selection of essays on Terence in English, via top students within the field• Covers more than a few themes, together with either conventional and smooth issues of gender, race, and reception• Features a wide-ranging yet interconnected sequence of essays that supply new views in studying Terence• Includes an advent discussing the lifetime of Terence, its effect on next experiences of the poet, and the query of his ethnicity

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The action consists of some combination of misunderstandings, deceptions, and happy coincidences, after which the young man obtains access to the girl. Terence and the Traditions of Roman New Comedy 39 Of course, this outline does not describe all the extant scripts; for example Plautus’ Menaechmi, the model for Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, is a play of mistaken identities that bears little resemblance to the above. But the basic outline does recur so often that we can usefully consider it a formula (Frye 1957: 163, with caution), and even describe it in algebraic diagrams (Bettini 1982; Lowe 2007).

Some of Donatus’ comments suggest that there may be more, but it is hard to know what to make of them. 1. At An. 770–1 Mysis rejects the accusation that the newly-born baby is supposititious with the words dis pol habeo gratiam / quom in pariundo aliquot adfuerunt liberae (“Well, thank heaven there were some free-born women present at its birth”), and Donatus comments: testimonia libera contra servum. et hoc proprium Terentii est, nam de Romano more hoc dixit (“Free-born evidence against a slave.

18–21) Terence invokes previous masters to assert his status as their legitimate heir to the traditional method of adapting Greek New Comedy. Neglegentia is generally a negative term meaning “negligence,” but such is the appeal of the established tradition that the names Naevius, Plautus, and Ennius can turn neglegentia into a positive value, seeming to imply a happy insouciance, a joyfully unbuttoned Terence and the Traditions of Roman New Comedy 37 manner of free adaptation that is the opposite of “dreary diligence,” the faithful adherence to a single original Greek script (see chapter 12, this volume).

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