By Michael Fontaine
Plautus, Rome's earliest extant poet, was once acclaimed by way of historic critics specially for his mastery of language and his felicitous jokes; and but nowa days quite little recognition has been dedicated to elucidating those components totally. In humorous phrases in Plautine Comedy, Michael Fontaine reassesses a few of the premises and nature of Plautus' comedies. blending textual and literary feedback, Fontaine argues that lots of Plautus' jokes and puns have been misunderstood already in antiquity, and that with them the names and identities of a few favourite characters have been misconceived. critical to his learn are problems with Plautine language, variety, psychology, coherence of characterization, and irony. by way of interpreting the comedian's tendency to make up and misuse phrases, Fontaine sheds new gentle at the shut connection among Greek and Roman comedy. significant cognizance can be paid to Plautus' viewers and to the visible components in his performs. the result's a reappraisal that may problem many acquired perspectives of Plautus, positioning him as a poet writing within the Hellenistic culture for a educated and complicated viewers. All quotations from Latin, Greek, and different international languages are translated. vast indices, together with a "pundex," facilitate ease of reference one of many jokes and performs on phrases mentioned within the textual content.