When first performed, The Eunuch was a great success Today, with its larger than life characters particularly the boastful soldier Thraso and the toady Gnatho , its farcical and exaggerated humour and its vigorous action, it strikes the modern reader as the funniest and most Plautine of Terence s six comedies.
The Eunuch When first performed The Eunuch was a great success Today with its larger than life characters particularly the boastful soldier Thraso and the toady Gnatho its farcical and exaggerated humour and
Dificil de entender pero interesante
Read for a Roman literature survey course A comedy, but basically impossible to read as one except maybe as an exercise in extreme cultural relativism because the central joke is how a teenage boy disguises himself as a eunuch in order to rape a teenage girl It would need only small changes in tone to work as a tragedy with the victim s free prostitute stepsister, Thais, as the tragic heroine There are several other characters and a fairly complicated plot, like Andria, the other Terence play th [...]
The Roman comedic playwright Terence wrote Eunuchus around 160 BC Like much early Roman drama it is an adaptation of a Greek original, namely Menander s Eunochos along with a few elements borrowed from Menander s Kolakos The plot initially involves the young man Phaedra s rivalry against the stupid soldier Thraso for a courtesan, Thais When Phaedra s younger brother Chaerea rapes a female slave of Thais s, having gained access to the house by pretending to be a eunuch, things swiftly become com [...]
David Christenson provides a very readable introduction and modern translation of this enjoyable little comedy notable especially for not only being one of the few extant Roman comedies available but also for being one of Martin Luther s favorite plays Highly recommended for both the student of classical theater as well as the Lutheran disciple.
Probably just the translation, but I didn t find this play to be very funny