A Companion to Terence by Antony Augoustakis

By Antony Augoustakis

A accomplished selection of essays by way of top students within the box that deal with, in one quantity, a number of key concerns in analyzing Terence supplying an in depth research of Terence’s performs and situating them of their socio-historical context, in addition to documenting their reception via to provide day

• The first finished number of essays on Terence in English, via prime students within the field
• Covers various themes, together with either conventional and sleek issues of gender, race, and reception
• Features a wide-ranging yet interconnected sequence of essays that supply new views in reading Terence
• Includes an creation discussing the lifetime of Terence, its effect on next reviews of the poet, and the query of his ethnicity

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However, we have only Terence’s side of this debate, and it is probably futile to analyze the composition of the mud that he slings or to hope for serious insights from this quarter into his attitude towards Greek Comedy. Like Plautus and others before him, Terence modeled his plays on Greek “New Comedies,” plays written from the last quarter of the fourth century onwards which typically deal with personal relationships in fictional well-to-do families, above all with the love-life of boys in their late teens or early twenties and with associated tensions in their relations with their fathers.

3. 4. A lovesick young man wishes to obtain or maintain relations with a young woman, either for marriage or for sex. She may be a girl he has impregnated or a courtesan, often a freeborn (hence marriageable) girl somehow lost by her respectable natal family. One or more adult figures obstruct this union: perhaps the boy’s father, perhaps a slave dealer who owns the girl, or perhaps a rival lover, such as a soldier who has purchased her. The young man, hamstrung by his lack of financial and intellectual resources, seeks help from an ally, usually his slave, but sometimes a hanger-on (a “parasite”), a peer, or even a jolly old fellow.

In Menander’s play; and Stobaeus quotes from Menander’s Eunuchos what are clearly the lines lying behind Parmeno’s advice at lines 76–8 of Terence’s play: si sapis, / neque praeter quam quas ipse amor molestias / habet addas, et illas quas habet recte feras (“If you’re sensible, you won’t add troubles to those that love already contains, and you’ll put up properly with those that it does contain”); Menander had written μὴ θεομάχει μηδὲ προσάγου τῷ πράγματι / χειμῶνας ἑτέρους, τοὺς δ’ ἀναγκαίους ϕέρε (“Don’t fight against the god, and don’t add further storms to the affair, but put up with those that it necessarily contains”).

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