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By Matthew Leigh

This quantity is an unique learn of the performs of the 2 nice Roman comedian playwrights Plautus and Terence within the context of political and monetary switch in Rome within the 3rd and moment centuries BC. not like the dominant development of viewing the performs by way of connection with their principally misplaced Greek originals, the e-book adopts a historicist process that concentrates on their impact on a modern viewers.

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In both these cases, therefore, Plautus credits the Romans out there in the theatre with the quality of virtus vera, and, in the case of the Cistellaria, the strong implication is that it is this quality which distinguishes them from their Carthaginian foes. Nor do we lack contemporary evidence for what the Romans might mean when they claim for themselves this particular quality. For an apt summary is provided in Ennius, Scaenica 254–7 ( Jocelyn). These lines stem from the Phoenix and appear to be spoken by the hero Achilles’ wise old teacher: sed virum vera virtute vivere animatum addecet⁵⁸ fortiterque innoxium stare⁵⁹ adversum adversarios.

33. 2, 32. 26. 4–18, 33. 36. 1–3, 39. 29. 8–10. ¹¹ For Catiline, see Sall. Catil. 24. 4, 44. 5, 46. 3, 50. 1, cf. 56. 5; McGushin (1977) 162–3, 220–2; Syme (1964) 82. For the arming of slaves by Sextus Pompeius in the Sicilian War, see Aug. RG 25. 1; Hor. epod. 9. 7–10; Manil. 1. 919–21; Luc. 1. 43; Vell. 2. 73. C. 48. 19. 4, 49. 12. 4; Syme (1939) 228. Suet. Aug. 16 reports that Octavian manumitted 20,000 slaves so that they might legitimately serve in the same war. ¹² Liv. 24. 14. 3–16. 19 stresses that the ‘volones’ served as slaves and only received their freedom as a reward for the victory at Beneventum.

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