Terence: Phormio

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Terence: Phormio

Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

2012

July 31st, 2012

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Terence's Phormio , based on a Greek original by Apollodorus of Carystus, was produced towards the end of his short dramatic career in 161 BC. With its lively action, based on the traditional elements of love, deception and mistaken identity, the play provides an ideal introduction to the genre of New Comedy. What makes the Phormio unique amongst Terence's works is the central importance of the witty and scheming parasite who gives his name to the play and directs and controls its action throughout, even when absent from the stage. The use of the 'double' plot with its two young men in love and two contrasting fathers provides ample scope for depth and variety of characterisation. The aim of the present edition is to bring out to the full Terence's skill in plot development and character portrayal which was to make the Phormio one of his most entertaining plays. Latin text with facing-page translation, introduction and commentary.

"Maltby has produced an admirably informative, elegant, and accessible edition. I highly recommend it to readers of Terence at all levels."
Goran Vidovic, Cornell University, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
Contents8
Acknowledgements9
Introduction10
Manuscripts of Terence containing Phormio38
Production notice & summary42
Character list44
Terence Phormio44
Prologue45
ACT ONE48
ACT TWO64
ACT THREE82
ACT FOUR92
ACT FIVE104
Commentary134
Bibliography218
Indexes227