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Why does Antipholus of Syracuse think he cannot have a good time in Ephesus?

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Antipholus of Syracuse (a city on the Italian island of Sicily) and his servant, Dromio, also of Syracuse, have recently arrived in Ephesus (a Greek city on the western coast of present-day Turkey).

Unbeknownst to Antipholus of Syracuse, his twin brother, also named Antipholus, lives in Ephesus, and Antipholus of Syracuse is constantly mistaken for his brother, Antipholus of Ephesus.

To complicate matters further, the twin brother of Dromio of Syracuse also lives in Ephesus, and he, too, is constantly mistaken for his own twin brother.

Shakespeare cleverly expanded on the ancient Roman comedy Menaechmi, by Plautus, which is the basis for The Comedy of Errors, to include two sets of twins: the Antipholuses and the Dromios. Menaechmi has only one set of twins: the brothers named Menaechmi.

Antipholus of Syracuse's first merry mix-up involves Dromio of Ephesus, whom Antipholus of Syracuse believes to be Dromio of Syracuse, and who Antipholus of Syracuse also believes has stolen all his money.


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