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By Antony Augoustakis

A entire choice of essays by means of major students within the box that deal with, in one quantity, numerous key concerns in studying Terence delivering an in depth research of Terence’s performs and situating them of their socio-historical context, in addition to documenting their reception via to offer day

• The first accomplished choice of essays on Terence in English, via prime students within the field
• Covers various themes, together with either conventional and sleek issues of gender, race, and reception
• Features a wide-ranging yet interconnected sequence of essays that provide new views in studying Terence
• Includes an creation discussing the lifetime of Terence, its impression on next reports of the poet, and the query of his ethnicity

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The play was not abandoned by unsatisfied spectators leaving during the show; rather, crowds from outside disrupted the performances. It appears that rumors of boxers and a tightrope walker roiled a crowd whose entry into the theater area prevented continuation of the first performance; at the second performance, Terence’s audience was enjoying the show when rumor of gladiators in the same venue incited a flash mob to burst in and displace Terence’s audience (Gilula 1981; Sandbach 1982; Parker 1996).

We know of forty-two titles attributed to Caecilius (ca. 180s–168 BCE), thirty-four for Naevius (last quarter of third century), and of Plautus’ comedies (ca. 210–184) we consider genuine a minimum of twenty-one out of the roughly 130 plays attributed to him in antiquity. Their careers spanned decades. Terence fares quite well in capturing sixth place based on only six plays in seven years. Yet grounds exist for denying Terence’s popularity. The performance of his Hecyra was aborted in its first two attempts, and the inability to perform the entire play has been taken as evidence of his dramaturgic failure and his audiences’ disapproval.

645–77. We can see from Menander’s Aspis (“The Shield”) what a convenient law this was for generating complications in comic plots, and Terence relies on his audience’s acceptance of it as part of the Athenian ambience of his plays. Even when importing Antipho into Eunuchus, Terence preserves authentic Greek details of the sort of dinner party that he and Chaerea have arranged at 539–41. Furthermore, at 987, when Chaerea’s father asks an in astu venit? ”), Terence keeps the Greek word astu to designate the town of Athens as opposed to the harbor of Piraeus.

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