Nov 07, David Sarkies rated it liked it Recommends it for: A theatre company to produce it Recommended to David by: My university The folly of boyhood love 10 November It was interesting to note that in the introduction they mentioned that the plot of this play was one of those really hackneyed plots in the Roman times.
Plot summary[ edit ] Lar Familiaris, the household deity of Euclio, an old man with a marriageable daughter named Phaedria, begins the play with a prologue about how he allowed Euclio to discover a pot of gold buried in his house.
Plautus pseudolus is then shown almost maniacally guarding his gold from real and imagined threats. Unknown to Euclio, Phaedria is pregnant by a young man named Lyconides. Phaedria is never seen on stage, though at a key point in the play the audience hears her painful cries in labor.
Euclio is persuaded to marry his daughter to his rich neighbor, an elderly bachelor named Megadorus, who happens to be the uncle of Lyconides. This leads to much by-play involving preparations for the nuptials.
Eventually Lyconides and his slave appear, and Lyconides confesses to Euclio his ravishing of Phaedria. Lyconides confronts his slave about the theft. At this point the manuscript breaks off. From surviving summaries of the play, we know that Euclio eventually recovers his pot of gold and gives it to Lyconides and Phaedria, who marry in a happy ending.
In the Penguin Classics edition of the play, translator E. Watling devised an ending as it might have been originally, based on the summaries and a few surviving scraps of dialogue.
Key themes[ edit ] The figure of the miser has been a stock character of comedy for centuries. Plautus does not spare his protagonist various embarrassments caused by the vice, but he is relatively gentle in his satire.
Euclio is eventually shown as basically a good-hearted man who has been only temporarily affected by greed for gold. The play also ridicules the ancient bachelor Megadorus for his dream of marrying the nubile and far younger Phaedria. Again, Megadorus is eventually shown as sensible and kind-hearted enough to abandon his foolish dream.
Adaptations[ edit ] Another play, Querolus seu Aulularia, was at one time ascribed to Plautus but is now believed to be a late 4th-century Latin imitation. During the Renaissance there were a number of adaptations of the Aulularia.Pseudolus, a servant of the Athenian Simo, observes one day that his master’s son Calidorus is deeply despondent about something.
Questioning him on the matter, Pseudolus is given a letter from. T.
MACCIVS PLAVTVS (born c. B.C.) Amphitruo: Asinaria: Aulularia: Bacchides: Captivi: Casina: Cistellaria: Curculio: Epidicus. Titus Maccius Plautus (/ ˈ p l ɔː t ə s /; c. – BC), commonly known as Plautus, was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period.
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Non ne è consentito alcun uso a scopi commerciali se non previo accordo. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the hit Broadway musical, borrows much of its plot and even the name of its leading slave, Pseudolus (“Deceitful Dude”), from Plautus’ comedy.
Although all the characters in Pseudolus speak Latin, they are meant to . Titus Maccius Plautus (* um v.
Chr. in Sarsina; † um v. Chr.) war ein römischer Dichter. Er war einer der ersten und produktivsten Komödiendichter im alten Rom.