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T. Maccius Plautus, Asinaria, or The Ass-Dealer (ed. Henry Thomas Riley) 2 0 Browse Search
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T. Maccius Plautus, Asinaria, or The Ass-Dealer (ed. Henry Thomas Riley), act prologue, scene 0 (search)
ow I will tell you why I have come forward here, and what my intention is, that you may know the name of this play. For, so far as relates to the plot, it really is a short one. Now I will tell you what I said I was wishful to inform you upon. The name of this play in Greek is OnagosIs Onagos: "Onagos." The Greek name for an "ass-driver."-- DemophilusDemophilus: No particulars are known of Demophilus the Comic Writer. Some would suggest Diphilus as the reading here: he is mentioned in the Adelphi of Terence, and was a Comic Poet, contemporary with Menander. composed it--MarcusMarcus: Marcus is the word used here. It is supposed to be a corruption of, or an abbreviation for, Maccius or M. Accius, whichever was the prænomen of the poet.Plautus turned it into Latin. He wishes it to be called AsinariaAsinaria: "Asinaria" seems to be the nominative feminine singular or neuter plural of the adjective "asinarius," of or "relating to asses." if by your leaves it may be so. In this play th
T. Maccius Plautus, Aulularia, or The Concealed Treasure (ed. Henry Thomas Riley), act 4, scene 7 (search)
mother, tell a falsehood in your presence? PHÆDRA cries out in labour, in EUCLIO'S house. I die, my nurse; my pangs are coming on! I entreat thee for thy protection, Juno LucinaJuno Lucina: Juno Lucina was the Goddess who presided over childbirth. Some suppose that the Goddess Diana was called by that name; but (although Diana was also addressed by parturient females) it is more likely that Juno was addressed under the title. A similar circumstance to this takes place in the Andria and the Adelphi of Terence.! LYCONIDES Ah! my mother, I see a more convincing proof for you; she's crying aloud--she's in the pangs of labour. EUNOMIA Come in-doors here, with me, my son, to my brother, that I may obtain a grant from him of that which you beg of me. LYCONIDES Go; I'll follow you this instant, mother. EUNOMIA goes into the house. But my servant, Strobilus, I wonder where he is, whom I ordered to wait here for me. Now I reflect with myself, if he's lending me his assistance, it isn't fair th