The Ghost The Rope ; A Three-Dollar Day ; Amphitryo - Penguin Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

Brilliantly adapting Greek New Comedy for Roman audiences, the sublime comedies of Plautus (c. 254 -184 bc ) are the earliest surviving complete works of Latin literature. The four plays collected here reveal a playwright in his prime, exploring classic themes and developing standard characters that were to influence the comedies of Shakespeare, Molière and many others. In The Ghost, a dissolute son who has squandered his father's money is thrown into disarray when he returns from abroad, a theme that is explored further in the comedy of errors A Three-Dollar Day. In The Rope - regarded by many as the best of Plautus' plays - the shipwreck of a pimp and his slaves leads to the touching reunion of a father and his daughter, while Amphitryo, Plautus's only excursion into divine mythology, offers a cheerful account of how Jupiter became father to Hercules.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140441369
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 872.01
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 218g
Height: 196mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 17mm