At a glance:
- Author: Terence
- First Published: 160
- Type of Work: Drama
- Type of Plot: Comedy
- Setting: Athens
- Characters: Micio, Demea, Aeschinus, Ctesipho, Sostrata, Pamphila, Sannio, Hegio
- Genres: Drama, Comedy
- Subjects: Parents and children, Love or romance, Slavery or slaves, Education or educators, Brothers, Fathers, Greek or Roman times, Greece or Greek people
- Locales: Europe, Greece, Athens, Greece, Greece, ancient
Micio is an aging, easygoing Athenian bachelor whose strict and hardworking brother Demea permits him to adopt and rear Aeschinus, one of Demea’s two sons. Unlike his brother, Micio is a permissive parent, choosing to let pass many of Aeschinus’s small extravagances on the assumption that children are more likely to remain bound to their duty by ties of kindness than by those of fear.
Micio comes to wonder if his policy is the better. One day, shortly after Aeschinus tells him he is tired of the Athenian courtesans and wants to marry, Demea comes to Micio...
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