By Antony Augoustakis
A accomplished selection of essays via major students within the box that deal with, in one quantity, a number of key concerns in studying Terence supplying an in depth learn of Terence’s performs and situating them of their socio-historical context, in addition to documenting their reception via to offer day
• The first entire number of essays on Terence in English, via prime students within the field
• Covers various 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 analyzing Terence
• Includes an advent discussing the lifetime of Terence, its effect on next reviews of the poet, and the query of his ethnicity
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The clever slave legally frames the pimp so that he will suffer financial ruin and his master will obtain his beloved, but a fortuitous conversation reveals that the girl is actually freeborn and thus can simply be liberated in front of a magistrate. Rather than do so, the slave plans an unnecessary second ruse to have someone pretend to be the girl’s father; but by luck her real father arrives and renders the second ruse moot. The palliata thrives on the kind of easy paradigmatic substitution and conglomeration manifest in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), a modern pastiche of Plautus’ Pseudolus, Mostellaria, and Miles Gloriosus, with smatterings of his Casina, Curculio, and Mercator.
We can well believe that Gnatho’s entrance-monologue at 232–64 derives at least in essence from Menander’s Kolax, but Donatus’ note (which comes at line 228) offers uncertain support to that belief. This is, incidentally, the only place in his comments on the body of a play (with the possible but inexplicit exception of the comment on Charinus and Byrria in Andria discussed above) where Donatus tells us that a passage has been taken from one of Terence’s main Greek originals and not the other. He discusses the sources of the opening scene of Andria in commenting on the prologue but not in commenting on the opening scene itself, and he does not remind us in his comments on Adelphoe 155–96 that the scene has been added from a different play by Diphilus, nor does he discuss the insertion of material from Kolax anywhere else in his commentary on Eunuchus.
To these totals we may cautiously add several hundred verses from lost plays and authors quoted by ancient scholars, bearing in mind that interpreting those fragments can be as perilous as taking a book of quotations without consulting entire works. The fact that complete scripts from only two representatives of the genre have survived has sometimes resulted in an unfortunate tendency to view the palliata as a two-dimensional spectrum, with Terence on one end and Plautus on the other. The fuller picture is more complicated and three-dimensional, with Terence and Plautus from some A Companion to Terence, First Edition.
A Companion to Terence by Antony Augoustakis