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“The Captives”; one of the most popular of the plays of Plautus, and styled rather extravagantly by Lessing “the best piece that has ever come upon the stage.” It is unusually restrained in language and action (fabula stataria), and in the prologue Plautus takes credit for its freedom from indecency. It has no female characters and no love - intrigue. Good separate editions are those of Sonnenschein (London, 1880), Brix (Leipzig, 1884), and Hallidie (London, 1891).

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