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  • Published: 26 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141937915
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Rope and Other Plays



This edition, translated by E. F. Watling, recreates all of Plautus' broad and lively humour, while the introductory notes precisely place each play in the context of its time.

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.

  • Published: 26 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141937915
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

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