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

Titus Maccius, c254–c184 B.C., Roman playwright.
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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,--
Shortly after the middle of the century, probably, the head-master of Westminister School, Nicholas Udall, took the further step of writing for his boys on the classical model an original farce-comedy, the amusing 'Ralph Roister Doister.' This play is so close a copy of Plautus' 'Miles Gloriosus' and Terence's 'Eunuchus' that there is little that is really English about it; a much larger element of local realism of the traditional English sort, in a classical framework, was presented in the coarse but really skillful
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.
This 1962 Tony Award-winning musical has an impressive pedigree: an ingenious early score by Stephen Sondheim ("Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods"), plus a zany burlesque-style script by Larry Gelbart ("M*A*S*H," "Tootsie") and Burt Shevelove ("No, No Nannette") inspired by the ancient Roman comedies of Plautus.
Witzke's "'I knew I had a brother!': Fraternity and Identity in Plautus's Menaechmi and Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest" asserts that Plautus's play and Wilde's play are "rarely considered together" (321).
This study guide/supplementary text on Roman playwright Plautus and his comedy Casina is intended for students with no knowledge of Latin.
"Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words." - Plautus
Once he studied the history of comic literature, he realised that his Glaswegian wide boy owed a lot to the ancient Roman playwright Plautus.
The Radio Times described it as "loosely based on the musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and the works of Roman playwright Plautus".