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- DescriptionWhen first performed, The Eunuch was a great success. Today, with its larger-than-life characters (particularly the boastful soldier Thraso and the toady Gnatho), its farcical and exaggerated humour and its vigorous action, it strikes the modern reader as the funniest and most Plautine of Terence's six comedies. It is also a play of effective and entertaining contrasts, particularly that between the two brothers Phaedria and Chaerea. Their very different attitudes to love and romance provide one of the play's chief points of interest, while Thais presents yet ather picture of love, that of the professional courtesan. The fact that Thais, Thraso and the slave Parme are t quite the stereotypes we might expect to find in this type of play adds yet more to an amusing and thought provoking comedy.
- Author BiographyA J Brothers is Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Wales, Lampeter. He is editor of Terence: The Self-Tormentor (Aris and Phillips 1988).
- Author(s)A. J. Brothers
- PublisherLiverpool University Press
- Date of Publication02/04/2000
- SubjectDrama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
- Series TitleAris & Phillips Classical Texts
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAris & Phillips Ltd
- Weight363 g
- Width149 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine13 mm
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