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By Michael Fontaine

Plautus, Rome's earliest extant poet, used to be acclaimed through historical critics certainly for his mastery of language and his felicitous jokes; and but nowa days fairly little cognizance has been dedicated to elucidating those parts totally. In Funny phrases in Plautine Comedy, Michael Fontaine reassesses a few of the premises and nature of Plautus' comedies. blending textual and literary feedback, Fontaine argues that lots of Plautus' jokes and puns have been misunderstood already in antiquity, and that with them the names and identities of a few widely used characters have been misconceived. important to his research are problems with Plautine language, variety, psychology, coherence of characterization, and irony. by means of analyzing the comedian's tendency to make up and misuse phrases, Fontaine sheds new mild at the shut connection among Greek and Roman comedy. substantial awareness is usually paid to Plautus' viewers and to the visible parts in his performs. the result's a reappraisal that may problem many obtained perspectives of Plautus, positioning him as a poet writing within the Hellenistic culture for a well informed and complicated viewers. All quotations from Latin, Greek, and different overseas languages are translated. wide indices, together with a "pundex," facilitate ease of reference one of the jokes and performs on phrases mentioned within the text.

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