An edition with introduction and line-by-line commentary of the Roman playwright Plautus' comedy Amphitruo.
Plautus' Amphitruo is the sole specimen of mythological burlesque in ancient comedy to come down to us in nearly complete form. This sex farce delighted Roman audiences and readers for centuries and continues to inspire adaptations to this day. Dr Christenson utilizes recent work in performance criticism in conjunction with traditional philological analysis to provide new insights into the play in performance. The edition aims to recover the essence of Plautine spectacle from the most concrete details of staging to the complex performative dynamics played out among the actors themselves and the actors and the audience. Included in the Introduction is an account of the mythic and dramatic background to Plautus' play as well as of its influence in post-classical drama. Plautus' metres are explained in a manner students will find helpful and instructive. Dr Christenson presents a new text that includes stage directions in English.
Introduction; 1. Plautus' life and times; 2. Roman comedy; 3. The play's the thing; 4. Background and sources; 5. Music, meter, and scansion; 6. Play without end; 7. Transmission of the text; T. MACCI PLAVTI AMPHITRVO; Commentary.
This is the first edition of Plautus' Amphitruo to appear in English for approximately forty years. It contains introductory essays, Latin text and a line-by-line commentary. Students will find this an indispensable tool in reading and translating the play.
Collana: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
Dimensioni: 186 x 20 x 123 mm
Pagine Arabe: 352