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Plautus: Amphitruo

Plautus: Amphitruo

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Part of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

  • Date Published: July 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521459976

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  • Plautus' Amphitruo is the sole specimen of mythological burlesque in ancient comedy to come down to us in nearly complete form. This sex farce delighted Roman audiences and readers for centuries and continues to inspire adaptations to this day. Dr Christenson utilizes recent work in performance criticism in conjunction with traditional philological analysis to provide new insights into the play in performance. The edition aims to recover the essence of Plautine spectacle from the most concrete details of staging to the complex performative dynamics played out among the actors themselves and the actors and the audience. Included in the Introduction is an account of the mythic and dramatic background to Plautus' play as well as of its influence in post-classical drama. Plautus' metres are explained in a manner students will find helpful and instructive. Dr Christenson presents a new text that includes stage directions in English.

    • Analyses the play in light of contemporary performance criticism
    • Assesses Plautus' place in ancient comedy and the play's influence in post-classical drama
    • First scholarly edition of the play in English in approximately forty years
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    'This is one of the most useful editions of Roman drama that have appeared in recent years … the volume comprises eighty pages of a well-structured introduction and nearly two hundred pages of informative and illuminating commentary.' Mnemosyne

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521459976
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Plautus' life and times
    2. Roman comedy
    3. The play's the thing
    4. Background and sources
    5. Music, meter, and scansion
    6. Play without end
    7. Transmission of the text
    T. MACCI PLAVTI AMPHITRVO
    Commentary.

  • Author

    Plautus

    Editor

    David M. Christenson, University of Arizona

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