Deception in Plautus: A Study in the Technique of Roman Comedy

Deception in Plautus: A Study in the Technique of Roman Comedy

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Deception in Plautus: A Study in the Technique of Roman Comedy

Deception in Plautus: A Study in the Technique of Roman Comedy

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From the time of Ritschl's critical work upon the comedies of Plautus (1848) to the present, one of the chief desires of students of Plautus has been to solve the problem of the Plautine and un-Plautine elements in the comedies. The existence of un-Plautine elements is quite evident from the clear traces of revision which the parallel versions in the manuscripts show. Very little comparative study of all the plays has been made, combining minute internal analysis of the plot of each play and a study of all its features, internal as well as external, with a comparison of similar features in the other plays; for as Langen pointed out, too often the conclusions as to Plautine technique have been drawn from the minute analysis of single plays, instead of from such comparative studies.

It is because we feel that such a study can make a definite contribution to the solution of the problem of the Plautinity of the plays that we have undertaken it. For this purpose even a very cursory reading of the plays suggested the element of deception as one occurring in a sufficient number of the comedies to serve as a basis for . . .

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