By Matthew Leigh
This quantity is an unique examine of the performs of the 2 nice Roman comedian playwrights Plautus and Terence within the context of political and financial swap in Rome within the 3rd and moment centuries BC. unlike the dominant development of viewing the performs by means of connection with their principally misplaced Greek originals, the e-book adopts a historicist method that concentrates on their impression on a modern viewers.
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The speciﬁc issue of linguistic dexterity is ignored. However, further investigation of Roman experience in the Second Punic War suggests a more pointed reference. ⁴⁶ Zonaras 8. 24 describes the tactics employed by Hannibal at the start of his campaign in order to check on the attitudes of his polyglot and potentially ﬁssiparous forces: Ëpopte»wn d† ka≥ toŸß sfetvrouß oÛden≥ Âaid≤wß ƒp≤steuen, åll¤ t¶n ƒsq[t3 te metab3llwn ka≥ kÎmaiß cr*menoß periqvtoiß t&n te di3lexin £llote £llhn poio»menoß (‡idei g¤r ple≤ouß ka≥ t¶n t0n Lat≤nwn), ka≥ n»ktwr ka≥ meq’ ⁴² Verg.
27; Zonar. 9. 2. ¹⁴ See esp. Val. Max. 7. 6. 1; Sil. 10. 643–6; Flor. 1. 22. 30; Eutr. 3. 10. 3. It may legitimately be asked to what extent these sources reﬂect feelings at the time, but their evidence must at least be considered. Hunt (1998) 206–9 refers only to Livy. ¹⁵ Liv. 24. 14. 3–16. 19. ¹⁶ De Sanctis (1968) iii. 2. 249 and n. 118 argues that the claim at Liv. 24. 16. 12–13 that those ‘volones’ who did not show courage at Beneventum were ordered to eat standing up for the rest of the campaign is an annalistic embellishment based on misinterpretation of 28 Plautus and Hannibal Livy emphasizes the exuberant festivities of the slaves as they return from battle.
Milphio in turn, on discovering that the stranger is indeed a Latinist, immediately falls back on a number of insults which echo the warnings of the prologue: the Carthaginian, he infers, has deliberately disguised his knowledge of Latin in order to perpetrate a trick. To any reader of the Aeneid, the attack on Hanno as with a two-forked tongue like a creeping beast (bisulci lingua quasi proserpens bestia) has obvious resonances. Yet where Vergil’s Venus fears the sly house and fork-tongued Tyrians (domum .