New PDF release: A Companion to Terence

By Antony Augoustakis

ISBN-10: 1405198753

ISBN-13: 9781405198752

A finished choice of essays through best students within the box that handle, in one quantity, a number of key concerns in reading Terence providing a close research of Terence’s performs and situating them of their socio-historical context, in addition to documenting their reception via to provide day

• The first finished number of essays on Terence in English, by way of prime students within the field
• Covers more than a few subject matters, together with either conventional and sleek issues of gender, race, and reception
• Features a wide-ranging yet interconnected sequence of essays that provide new views in studying Terence
• Includes an advent discussing the lifetime of Terence, its impression on next experiences of the poet, and the query of his ethnicity

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Davos remains in character by saying that they are mad to think of bringing up the baby and that he does not believe the story about the shipwreck, but these are the sort of details that could well have been included in an expository prologue. More subtly, Myrrina at Hec. 572–4 (in accompanied lines) explains why her daughter was unable to identify her rapist nine months previously: nam quom compressast gnata, forma in tenebris nosci non quitast, / neque detractum ei tum quicquamst qui posset post nosci qui siet; / ipse eripuit vi, in digito quem habuit, virgini abiens anulum (“When our daughter was raped, she couldn’t see what he looked like in the dark, and she didn’t take anything from him that could have helped us subsequently to discover who he is; he himself forcibly pulled off a ring that the girl had on her finger as he left her”).

While Terence may exhibit less variety than Plautus, we should perhaps attribute that to sheer numbers (six scripts versus twenty), 40 George Fredric Franko for within those six scripts Terence shows a knack for amplifying, refining, and reorienting the traditional plots and characters in important ways. Here are five of his most salient modifications. First, in broad structural terms, Terence creates or amplifies double plots, in which we find sets of characters whose activities mirror each other’s.

None of this tells us a great deal about Terence’s treatment of his Greek models. There was already a well-established tradition of adapting Greek comedies for the Roman stage, and of doing so with some freedom, and Terence claims to be upholding this tradition. The characters added to Eunuchus are traditional stock characters, and the scene added to Adelphoe is lively and boisterous; by discussing them in his prologues Terence no doubt aims to whet his audience’s appetite for them. But it is no part of his purpose to draw attention to all the changes he has made, nor to explain his choice of models, his approach to adaptation, or his aims (other than having a successful career) in writing his plays.

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