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Terence: Phormio

Robert Maltby

Abstract

Terence's Phormio, based on a Greek original by Apollodorus of Carystus, was produced towards the end of his short dramatic career in 161 BC. With its lively action, based on the traditional elements of love, deception and mistaken identity, the play provides an ideal introduction to the genre of New Comedy. What makes the Phormio unique amongst Terence's works is the central importance of the witty and scheming parasite who gives his name to the play and directs and controls its action throughout, even when absent from the stage. The use of the 'double' plot with its two young men in love and ... More

Keywords: Phormio, New Comedy, scheming parasite, double plot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780856686061
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856686061.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Maltby, editor