Plautus' Erudite Comedy: New Insights into the Work of a doctus poeta
Alexandrianism was among the trends that defined the formation of Roman literature across genres since the early decades of Roman literary history. This volume introduces a collection of original essays that contribute to a developing appreciation of the comedy of Plautus, the leading representative of Roman comedy, as a multi-faceted text that engages in a creative dialogue with various contemporary cultural and literary developments. The studies here, both individually and as parts of a longer, interactive discussion, offer a comprehensive examination of the first complete expression of the intellectual reception of Greek and Hellenistic literature and culture in Rome, and, at the same time, examine Plautus’ correspondence with the popularization of science and medicine, the Romanization of philosophy, and contemporary religious practices. As the first Latin poet whose work survives in extant form, Plautus is also examined here as a major literary figure who significantly influenced the development of Latin literature. This book will appeal to specialist scholars of Roman comedy, but also to graduate students working in the fields of classics and literary history. All long quotations of Greek and Latin are translated.
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Sophia Papaioannou is Professor of Latin Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research interests include Roman comedy, Ancient epic, and Latin literature of the Age of Augustus, and she has published several books and articles on these topics. She has edited Terence and Interpretation (2014) and co-edited New Perspectives on Postclassical Comedy (with A.K. Petrides, 2010) for the Pierides series, and is currently working on the reception of the Latin tradition in Nonnus’ Dionysiaca.
Chrysanthi Demetriou studied Classics in Cyprus, and received her MPhil in Classics from Cambridge University and her PhD from the University of Leeds. She is currently an Adjunct Tutor of Latin at the Open University of Cyprus. She has published articles and book chapters on the comedies of Plautus and Terence, the ancient scholia on Terence, the interaction between theatre and rhetoric, and the survival of Terence’s comedy in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
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