Plautus: An Introduction

Richard F. Hardin's 'An Introduction to Plautus through Scenes' is now available on the website here. Titus Maccius Plautus (c254-184 BC) was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period. His comedies, produced for the Roman stage, but modelled on Greek theatre, were immensely popular and influential, and are the earliest theatrical works in Latin to have survived in their entirety. Richard F. Hardin here provides an in-depth introduction to the characters and plots of the numerous plays, while providing modern translations of key scenes. Plautus was a source for significant elements of Shakespeare's Comedies, as well as the works of many other dramatists ancient and modern, and no history of theatre is complete without an appreciation of his contribution.

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