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The Pot of Gold and Other Plays (1965)

by Plautus

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One of the supreme comic writers of the Roman world, Plautus (c.254-184 BC), skilfully adapted classic Greek comic models to the manners and customs of his day. This collection features a varied selection of his finest plays, from the light-hearted comedy Pseudolus, in which the lovesick Calidorus and his slave try to liberate his lover from her pimp, to the more subversive The Prisoners, which raises serious questions about the role of slavery. Also included are The Brothers Menaechmus, which formed the prototype for Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, and The Pot of Gold, whose old miser Euclio is a glorious study in avarice. Throughout, Plautus breathes new, brilliant life into classic comic types - including deceitful twins, scheming slaves, bitter old men and swaggering soldiers - creating an entertaining critique of Roman life and values.… (more)



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My trouble with Roman comedy and Greek New Comedy is that I always want it to be Aristophanes and, of course, it isn't. That said, I enjoy Plautus far more than Menander (although admittedly I haven't read anything by the latter for about a decade).

This collection contains five plays:
* The Pot of Gold (probably the weakest, although this is partially due to its unfinished state)
* The Prisoners (an interesting look at masters and slaves)
* The Brothers Menaechmus (my favourite: a comedy of mistaken identities)
* The Swaggering Soldier (another fun one centred around an elaborate scheme)
* Pseudolus (a very traditional comedy: crafty slaves, pimps and love-lorn masters)

Although I've not read any of the plays in the original Latin, this reads like a typical Penguin translation: more about conveying the feel of a piece than delivering a near-literal translation of the original. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
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Walting, E. F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Contains five plays: The Pot of Gold; The Brothers Menaechmus; The Prisoners; The Swaggering Soldier; and Pseudolus. Do not combine with collections containing different selections of plays.
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