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Forget Plautus

Erik Gunderson

in Laughing Awry

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9780198729303
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191796227 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729303.003.0002
Forget Plautus

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This chapter discusses the strategic forgetting of Plautus and his project by subsequent generations of Roman authors: who profited from the misunderstanding and how? A quick sketch of the canonical Latin literary authors’ negative relationship to Plautus is provided. Paradoxically, the serious aspects of Plautus’ jokes have been erased in the name of establishing ‘serious literature’.

Keywords: authenticity; Aulus Gellius; ancient literary criticism; poetic reception; Terence; elegy; epic; moral philosophy

Chapter.  15903 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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