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Much of what we all know of Greco-Roman comedy comes from the surviving works of simply 4 playwrights—the Greeks Aristophanes and Menander and the Romans Plautus and Terence. To introduce those authors and their paintings to scholars and normal readers, this booklet bargains a brand new, available translation of a consultant play through every one playwright, followed by means of a common creation to the author's existence and occasions, a scholarly article on a in demand subject matter within the play, and a bibliography of chosen readings concerning the play and playwright.

This diversity of fabric, infrequent in one quantity, offers numerous analyzing and instructing concepts, from the examine of a unmarried writer to an summary of the whole Classical comedic culture. The performs were translated for clarity and constancy to the unique textual content via confirmed Classics students. Douglas Olson presents the interpretation and statement for Aristophanes' Acharnians, Shawn O'Bryhim for Menander's Dyskolos, George Fredric Franco for Plautus' Casina, and Timothy J. Moore for Terence's Phormio.

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