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date: 13 December 2019

Plautus, Titus Maccius (c.250–184 bc) Early Roman dramatist 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

who adapted the Greek New Comedy for the Roman stage. The extent of his originality remains uncertain. He does not seem to have translated exactly, but he certainly worked within the Greek convention using the same stock characters—miserly fathers, spendthrift sons, boastful soldiers, resourceful parasites, courtesans, and slaves—and often borrowing the plots of his Greek models. Twenty of his plays have survived, and it was from him and from his successor ... ...

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