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Pappus

πάππος). A name given to a stock character of the Atellan plays (Atellanae fabulae). Pappus is the prototype of the Pantaloon of modern pantomime—a foolish, credulous old man, who is always gulled and tricked by Dossennus, the sharper. See Munk, De Fabulis Atellanis (Breslau, 1840); and Friedländer, Sittengeschichte, ii. 435 (6th ed. Leipzig, 1889).

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