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Paperback Barbarian Play: Plautus' Roman Comedy Book

ISBN: 0802079415

ISBN13: 9780802079411

Barbarian Play: Plautus' Roman Comedy

In this volume William S. Anderson sets Plautus, who wrote Rome's earliest surviving poetry, in his rightful place among the Greek and Roman writers of what we know as New Comedy (fourth to second centuries). Anderson begins by defining major innovations that Plautus made on inherited Greek New Comedy (Menander, Philemon, and Diphilus), transforming it from romantic domestic drama to a celebration of rollicking family anarchy. He shows how Plautus...

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