Plautus: Aulularia

Keith Maclennan and Walter Stockert

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ISBN: 9781910572382

Publication: October 24, 2016

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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The Aulularia is a comedy by the early poet Plautus (about 200 BCE) who transformed plays of Greek New Comedy, especially Menander, into typical Roman plays. Great interest lies in the imaginative metre and the archaic language of Plautus’ work, whose 20 plays are the oldest substantial surviving documents in this language. This book focuses on the Aulularia, a brilliant piece of writing, containing comic scenes of great variety and one character (the old man Euclio), unmatched in surviving Latin drama for vivid presentation and effective development. The play raises very interesting questions about the relation of Roman comedy to the Greek theatrical tradition which lies behind it and its unfinished state has provoked much discussion about how it could have been completed. The Aulularia has given inspiration to a host of works in later European literature from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, yet no new edition or commentary has been published in English since 1913. With an introduction that will be of interest to students of literature and classics, there is also a substantial chapter on the rich reception of the play in modern literature as well as a chapter on the Greek original.

Keith Maclennan was Head of Classics at Rugby School, England, from 1964 to 2000

Walter Stockert was Privatdozent at the University of Vienna from 1992 to 2010, and occupied the Latin chair at the University of Heidelberg for one term (1998–1999)

Contents Preface Introduction Plautus within his Context The Transmission of the Aulularia The Action of the Aulularia The Lost Ending The Greek Aulularia. The Characters of the Aulularia Stage Business The Date of the Aulularia. The Reception of the Aulularia 3. Text and Translation 4. The Commentary 1. The Argumenta 2. The Prologue 3. The Scenes Euclio-Staphyla (I 1-2) 4. Eunomia-Megadorus (II 1) 5. Euclio-Megadorus; Staphyla (II 2. 3) 6. The Cook-Scenes (II 4-7) 7. Euclio and the Cooks (II 8-III 4) 8. Megadorus-Euclio (III 5-6) 9. Euclio and the Slave (IV 1-6) 10. Lyconides-Eunomia (IV 7) 11. The Treasure gets lost (IV 8-9) 12. Lyconides-Euclio (IV 10) 13. The Exodos (V 1; Fragments) 5. Prosody and Metrics Glossary Prosodics and Metrics Conspectus metrorum 6. Bibliography 7. Index General Index Word-Index

It is a welcome aid to the study of a play which has some brilliant comic scenes and a problematic central character inviting discussion, has a rich afterlife in European literature, and poses tantalising questions over its lost ending. 
J.C.B. Lowe, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

This is a welcome book, the first commentary in English for just over a century.
Colin Leach   Classics for All

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 147 mm

264 Pages

ISBN: 9781910572382

Publication: October 24, 2016

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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