- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Impression edition (1 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140441492
- ISBN-13: 978-0140441499
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Pot of Gold and Other Plays (Classics) Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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About the Author
Titus Maccius Plautus was born in Umbria about 254BC. Little is known of his life, but it is believed he became an actor and translated Greek comedies for the Roman stage. He was rewarded by being granted Roman citizenship. According to Cicero he died in 184BC.
EF Watling was educated at University College, Oxford. His translations for the Penguin Classics include seven plays of Sophocles, nine plays of Plautus and a selection of Seneca's tragedies. He died in 1990.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an old translation but, like the Penguins in general, it is extremely readable but not always particularly accurate to the Latin original. The introductions are rather sparse and there are no notes. This is great, then, for the general interested reader but rather misleading if you're looking for a Latin crib.
There are introductions to each of the plays by the translator, E.F. Watling, which give you an overview of the play and some of the changes the translator has made and why. I found these interesting and as somebody new to Roman plays, very helpful.
I would recommend this book to anyone doing a Latin course or with an interest in the classics.