Comedy and the Rise of Rome by Matthew Leigh

By Matthew Leigh

This quantity is an unique learn of the performs of the 2 nice Roman comedian playwrights Plautus and Terence within the context of political and fiscal switch in Rome within the 3rd and moment centuries BC. not like the dominant pattern of viewing the performs by means of connection with their mostly misplaced Greek originals, the ebook adopts a historicist method that concentrates on their influence on a modern viewers.

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For Catiline, see Sall. Catil. 24. 4, 44. 5, 46. 3, 50. 1, cf. 56. 5; McGushin (1977) 162–3, 220–2; Syme (1964) 82. For the arming of slaves by Sextus Pompeius in the Sicilian War, see Aug. RG 25. 1; Hor. epod. 9. 7–10; Manil. 1. 919–21; Luc. 1. 43; Vell. 2. 73. C. 48. 19. 4, 49. 12. 4; Syme (1939) 228. Suet. Aug. 16 reports that Octavian manumitted 20,000 slaves so that they might legitimately serve in the same war. ¹² Liv. 24. 14. 3–16. 19 stresses that the ‘volones’ served as slaves and only received their freedom as a reward for the victory at Beneventum.

1, ‘ne nimium luxuriosa siet. vicinas aliasque mulieres quam minimum utatur neve domum neve ad sese recipiat. ad cenam nequo eat neve ambulatrix siet. rem divinam ni faciat neve mandet, qui pro ea faciat, iniussu domini aut dominae’. Cf. Plaut. Mil. 693 where one’s wife will seek money at the Quinquatrus to pay both ‘hariola’ and ‘haruspica’. ⁹² Cato agr. 4. 1 cf. 142. ⁹³ See Damon (1997) 48–51 discussing Cato agr. 5. 4 in the light of Plaut. Persa 31–5 and 83–101. For an even more exact playing out of these anxieties cf.

Ter. Phorm. ’ ⁵ On this point, see Wright (1975). ⁶ Fraenkel (1960) 223–41. All references are to the Italian translation which contains various addenda and important modifications of Fraenkel’s initial view of other issues, most notably the theory of contaminatio. For military metaphors applied to servile intrigue, see also Brotherton (1926) 63–9. ⁷ Dumont (1966) suggests that Fraenkel underestimates the degree of servile machination and military imagery in Greek New Comedy but adduces too little evidence to support this claim.

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