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 (plô′təs), Titus Maccius 254?-184 bc.
Roman comic playwright whose works influenced Shakespeare and Molière.


(Biography) Titus Maccius (ˈtaɪtəs ˈmæksɪəs). ?254–?184 bc, Roman comic dramatist. His 21 extant works, adapted from Greek plays, esp those by Menander, include Menaechmi (the basis of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors), Miles Gloriosus, Rudens, and Captivi


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Titus Maccius, c254–c184 B.C., Roman playwright.
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Noun1.Plautus - comic dramatist of ancient Rome (253?-184 BC)
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[ˈplɔːtəs] nPlauto
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Nevertheless, we are sparing nothing for the sake of getting at the truth; he is already thoroughly dislocated, we are applying all the herbs of Saint John's day; as saith the old comedian Plautus,--
Meanwhile students at the universities, also, had been acting Plautus and Terence, and further, had been writing and acting Latin tragedies, as well as comedies, of their own composition.
there were Naevius, and Andronicus, and Plautus, and Terentius.
Plautus, Rudens 268-9 `nempe equo ligneo per vias caerulas / estis vectae'.
Here too there are, perhaps inevitably, serious omissions: Beacham never says that Plautus adapted his plays from Greek models, nor does he use, e.
It is, in fact, from Plautus, Curculio 69, where it forms the last half of the verse.
A number of ancient dramatists presented the theme, notably Plautus, whose comedy Amphitruo still survives.
The more general case made for the classical-humanist Shakespeare is certainly overstated, though there are intriguing suggestions on points of detail in a final chapter on traces of the New Comedy in later Shakespeare plays; and in seeking to follow up his promotion of the Latin sources for Errors with a comparative estimate of Plautus and Shakespeare, Riehle makes extravagant claims as to the superiority of the play over its antecedents--a common temptation for Shakespeare source-hunters.
Son of a peasant family, Plautus worked as a stagehand in a traveling theatrical troupe.
Part II discusses Roman examples, including in triumph and Saturnalia, Plautus, the Priapus painting at the house of Vettii, Pompeiian graffiti, and the Carmina Priapea.
The plays of Plautus and Terence provide a rich database that can be used to document the variety of forms that sexual labor manifested in the Roman republic.
Individual paper topics include divine discourse in Homer's Iliad, past and present in Pindar's religious poetry, writing sacred laws in archaic and classical Crete, embedded speech in the Attic leges sacrae, hexametrical incantations as oral and written phenomena, unknowable names and invocations in late antique theurgic ritual, Plautus the theologian, dilemmas of pietas in Roman declamation, Paul's self-images within an oral milieu, and Augustine's Psalm Against the Donatists.