Terence and the Language of Roman Comedy

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April 2005



This book offers a comprehensive examination of the language of Roman comedy in general and that of Terence in particular. The study explores Terence's use of language to differentiate his characters and his language in relation to the language of the comic fragments of the palliata, the togata and the atellana. Linguistic categories in the Terentian corpus explored include colloquialisms, archaisms, hellenisms and idiolectal features. Terence is shown to give his old men an old-fashioned and verbose tone, while low characters are represented as using colloquial diction. An examination of Eunuchus' language shows it to be closer to the Plautine linguistic tradition. The book also provides a thorough linguistic/stylistic commentary on all the fragments of the palliata, the togata and the atellana. It shows that Terence, except in the case of his Eunuchus, consciously distances himself from the linguistic/stylistic tradition of Plautus followed by all other comic poets.


Acknowledgements; Conspectus siglorum; Introduction; Part I. Linguistic Differentiation in Terence: 1. Colloquialisms; 2. Archaisms; 3. Senilis makrologia perissologia; 4. Hellenisms; 5. Features of elevated language; 6. Idiolect; 7. Plautus in Terence: the case of Eunuchus; Part II. Linguistic and Stylistic Unity in Roman Comedy: Introduction; 8. Terence, Plautus and the palliata; 9. Terence, Plautus and the togata; 10. Terence, Plautus and the atellana; Bibliography; Index locorum; Index nominum et rerum.


Evangelos Karakasis is temporary Lecturer of Latin Language and Literature at the University of Ioannina, Greece and the author of several articles on Roman comedy.

EAN: 9780521842983
ISBN: 0521842980
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2005
Seitenanzahl: 324 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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