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4.0 out of 5 stars Rome's Finest Playwright, 20 Mar 2011
This review is from: Four Comedies: The Braggart Soldier; The Brothers Menaechmus; The Haunted House; The Pot of Gold (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I'm not going to flesh out in any detail whatsoever what the plays are about. It's an adventure, go read. Moliere and Shakespeare based stuff on him. Rome's most successful playwright at his best? Dunno. I do know that these plays are funny especially The Braggart Soldier, The Brothers Menaechmus, The Haunted House and The Pot of Gold. Hell, that's all four! You need to act them out in your head with some understanding of the cultural context. The introduction helps with the context. The rest is up to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roman comedies from the late 3rd and early 2nd centuries BCE, 6 April 2013
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This review is from: Four Comedies: The Braggart Soldier; The Brothers Menaechmus; The Haunted House; The Pot of Gold (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Plautus' comedies were adapted from Greek `new' comedies, that is `romantic' comedies rather than political comedies like those of Aristophanes which have come down to us.

Full of stock characters such as the miserly old man, the libertine son, the prostitute with a heart of gold, and the clever and wily slave, these have influenced later dramatists such as Molière (L'Avare, the Miser) and Shakespeare (The Comedy of Errors).

This is a witty and lively translation that makes a good attempt to render the Latin into colloquial English.
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