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Terence

Susanna Braund

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0166
Terence

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Publius Terentius Afer was born at Carthage (the last part of his name means “the African”) but was brought to Rome as a slave where he was educated and then freed on account of his learning; he died fairly young in 159 bce. Terence composed six comedies (fabulae palliatae) adapted from Greek New Comedy (especially Menander but also Apollodorus), which were performed in the years 166–160 bce, all produced by the actor-director Ambivius Turpio. The plays are Adelphoe (The brothers; 160 bce), Andria (The girl from Andros; 166 bce), Eunuchus (The eunuch; 161 bce), Heautontimoroumenos (The self-tormentor; 163 bce), Hecyra (The mother-in-law; 165 bce and 160 bce) and Phormio (the name of the chief character; 161 bce), of which Eunuchus was said to have been an instant success, while Hecyra required three stagings to gain acceptance.

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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