Plautus and Terence: Five Comedies

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Elaine Fantham
This splendid sampling of Roman comedy is particularly welcome because Parker and Berg have combined the best known (and perhaps finest) comedies of Plautus and Terence (The Brothers Menaechmus, here 'Double Bind,' and Miles Gloriosus, here 'Major Blowhard,' and Adelphoe, 'The Brothers') with two rarer and rather special comedies: 'The Wild Wild Women,' Plautus' exuberant Bacchides, and 'The Mother-in-Law' (Hecyra), perhaps Terence's most modern comedy, important as evidence from ancient comedy for the evolution of the sentimental or psychological drama of everyday life. The translators are to be congratulated on their choices and their truly up-to-date versions; Parker is a veteran whose punning wit and swashbuckling idiom in his very actable Plautus scripts contrast nicely with the simple elegance of Berg's Terence. -Princeton University
Eleanor W. Leach
These witty, fast-moving translations of Roman comedy capture the spirit and sense of their originals in a mixture of Roman and contemporary cultural idiom. Berg's Terence is, as Quintillian put it, 'elegantissima'; Parker's jazzy 'cantica' in the 'Bacchides' are hilarious, and his pseudo-Plautine reconstruction of the missing first act is an imitative tour de force. - Indiana University
John Wright
Deena Berg and Douglass Parker's Plautus & Terence: Five Comedies is a fascinating postmodernist rendition of some of the most postmodernist - metatheatrical, self-referential, sophisticated, stylized - literature classical antiquity has to offer. The sparkling and eminently performable translations are a hard act to precede, but the translator's delightful introductions are a worthy match for their subjects . . . . Highly recommended. -Northwestern University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872203631
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: Hpc Classics Series
  • Pages: 424

Table of Contents


Part one: General topics in the philosophy of science

     1. Scientific Explanation

     2. The Confirmation of Scientific Hypotheses

     3. Realism and the Nature of Theories

     4. Scientific Change: Perspectives and Proposals

 Part two: Philosophy of the physical sciences

     5. Philosophy of Space and Time

     6. Determinism in the Physical Sciences

Part three: Philosophy of biology and medicine

     7. Philosophy of Biology

     8. Philosophy of Medicine

Part four: Philosophy of behavioral and social sciences

     9. Philosophy of Psychology

   10. Android Epistemology: Computation, Artificial Intelligence, and the Philosophy of Science

   11. Philosophy of the Social Sciences



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