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LAT741: Plautus

The comedies of Plautus are the earliest complete works of Latin literature we have.

The comedies of Plautus are the earliest complete works of Latin literature we have. Adapting the plots of earlier Greek plays, Plautus made them his own by adding such distinctively Roman elements as the role of the clever slave, coarse Latin humor, and lots of puns and other word-play. In this course students will read Plautus's Menaechmi, the model for Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.