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T. Maccius P., the outstanding Roman comic playwright, brought the genre of palliata to a zenith. Their exceptionally broad reception rightly renders both him and Terence (Terentius) 'fathers of modern comedy'. For general background information see Comedy II.

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I. Life

Despite P.' great popularity in his own lifetime, but little of his biography is known for certain. The date of the first performance of Pseudolus, 191 BC, coupled wi…

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Lefèvre, Eckhard (Freiburg), “Plautus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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