Bibliography (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Anderson, William S. Barbarian Play: Plautus’ Roman Comedy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. Focuses on what the author calls the playwright’s deconstruction of Menander, the ways in which he alters elements in his source to make his plays Roman instead of Greek. Good notes, thorough index, comprehensive bibliography.
Duckworth, George E., ed. The Complete Roman Drama. 2 vols. New York: Random House, 1942. General introduction provides an excellent summary of Roman drama and its cultural setting. Introduction to the Amphitryon is extremely helpful; combines facts with interpretation and includes some comments on later influence.
Hunter, R. L. The New Comedy of Greece and Rome. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1985. Lucid discussion of forms, motifs, and themes in New Comedy, with numerous references to Plautus and Amphitryon. Extensive notes and a bibliography.
Sandbach, F. H. The Comic Theatre of Greece and Rome. London: Chatto & Windus, 1977. Both the chapter “Drama at Rome” and the chapter devoted to Plautus provide excellent overviews. Insists that Plautus was less dependent on Greek sources than is generally assumed. Essential Greek and Roman terms are defined in a glossary, which includes a thorough discussion of meter. Brief bibliography....
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