Book summary: This volume, intended for third- and fourth-year college and advanced high-school use, presents a selection of annotated passages in Latin from six plays by Terence: Andria, Heauton, Phormio, Hecyra, Eunuchus, and Adelphoe. The introduction discusses Terences enrichment of the comic genre he inherited from the Greeks and the hallmarks of his second-century BC Latin and its grammar.
Terences plays are not merely showcases for his superb Republican Latin style. They represent an obvious post-Plautine shift in the comedy Rome inherited from Greece. There is a new respect for the real human situations behind well-rehearsed comic plots, and questions prod the cultural norms that are depicted on stage.
Latin selections in this edition include sizeable passages from the beginnings, middles, and ends of all six of Terences plays, giving the experience of the general structure of his comedy. Notes illuminate Terences ingenuity in complicating plots, shifting sympathies, and manipulating character types. This Reader offers a memorable sample of Terences comic art, a unique presence in Latin literature.
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