Parataxis (see Lindskog: Quaestiones de Parataxi et Hypotaxi apud priscos Latinos. Lund, 1896) is characteristic (1) of the early stage of a language, (2) of colloquial, as opposed to literary language. Naturally it is strongly in evidence in the colloquial Latin of Plautus' time, e.g. Trin. 161 “alium fecisti me, alius ad te veneram”. Most of all in Indirect Questions, which in Plautus are as often Direct (with Indicative) as Indirect (with Subjunctive), e.g.
- Amph. 17 “nunc quoius iussu venio et quam ob rem venerim dicam”,
- Pers. 515 “nescis quid te instet boni neque quam tibi Fortuna faculam lucriferam adlucere volt”,
- Most. 969,
- Ter. And. 650,
- Hec. 874;
- Capt. 139 “A. ne fle. B. egone illum non fleam?”,
- Ter. Andr. 915 “A. bonus est hic vir. B. hic vir sit bonus?”