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Book Title: Phormio: A Comedy by Terence|
The author of the book: Terence
Edition: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers (Chicago)
Date of issue: June 1st 1982
ISBN 13: 9780865160149
Format files: PDF
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ENGLISH: The plot of this work is the most complex among the comedies by Terence. It gathers and combines almost all the elements in the other comedies: confrontation between fathers and sons, the cunning of slaves, the lost and found daughter, with the addition of a character, the parasite Phormio, who gives unity to the plot and solves all their problems, in a way not always satisfactory for the fathers.
ESPAÑOL: El argumento de esta obra es el más complejo de las comedias de Terencio, pues reúne y combina casi todos los elementos de las demás comedias: el enfrentamiento entre padres e hijos, la astucia de los esclavos, la hija perdida y hallada, y añade el personaje del parásito Formión, que da unidad a la obra y resuelve todos los problemas, de manera no siempre satisfactoria para los padres.
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Read information about the authorTerence, Latin in full Publius Terentius Afer (born c. 195 bc, Carthage, North Africa [now in Tunisia]—died 159? bc, in Greece or at sea), after Plautus the greatest Roman comic dramatist, the author of six verse comedies that were long regarded as models of pure Latin. Terence’s plays form the basis of the modern comedy of manners. (britannica.com)
Publius Terentius Afer (195/185–159 BC), better known in English as Terence, was a playwright of the Roman Republic, of North African descent. His comedies were performed for the first time around 170–160 BC. Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, brought Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him and later on, impressed by his abilities, freed him. Terence apparently died young, probably in Greece or on his way back to Rome. All of the six plays Terence wrote have survived.
One famous quotation by Terence reads: "Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto", or "I am a human being, I consider nothing that is human alien to me." This appeared in his play Heauton Timorumenos.
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