Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus / Edition 1 by Plautus, Amy Richlin | | 9780520242753 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus / Edition 1

Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus / Edition 1

by Plautus, Amy Richlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520242750

ISBN-13: 9780520242753

Pub. Date: 12/12/2005

Publisher: University of California Press


Still funny after two thousand years, the Roman playwright Plautus wrote around 200 B.C.E., a period when Rome was fighting neighbors on all fronts, including North Africa and the Near East. These three plays—originally written for a wartime audience of refugees, POWs, soldiers and veterans, exiles, immigrants, people newly enslaved in the wars, and citizens&

Overview


Still funny after two thousand years, the Roman playwright Plautus wrote around 200 B.C.E., a period when Rome was fighting neighbors on all fronts, including North Africa and the Near East. These three plays—originally written for a wartime audience of refugees, POWs, soldiers and veterans, exiles, immigrants, people newly enslaved in the wars, and citizens—tap into the mix of fear, loathing, and curiosity with which cultures, particularly Western and Eastern cultures, often view each other, always a productive source of comedy. These current, accessible, and accurate translations have replaced terms meaningful only to their original audience, such as references to Roman gods, with a hilarious, inspired sampling of American popular culture—from songs to movie stars to slang. Matching the original Latin line for line, this volume captures the full exuberance of Plautus's street language, bursting with puns, learned allusions, ethnic slurs, dirty jokes, and profanities, as it brings three rarely translated works—Weevil (Curculio), Iran Man (Persa), and Towelheads (Poenulus)—to a wide contemporary audience.

Richlin's erudite introduction sets these plays within the context of the long history of East-West conflict and illuminates the role played by comedy and performance in imperialism and colonialism. She has also provided detailed and wide-ranging contextual introductions to the individual plays, as well as extensive notes, which, together with these superb and provocative translations, will bring Plautus alive for a new generation of readers and actors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520242753
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/12/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Why this book
Why translate this way
Conventions of reference and abbreviations
How these plays got from Plautus to us
Other translations
Historical background
Translation issues
Performance issues
Suggestions for further reading
Weevil (Curculio)
Notes on Weevil
Iran Man (Persa)
Notes on Iran Man
Towelheads (Poenulus)

Notes on Towelheads
Bibliography
Index

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