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Funny Words in Plautine Comedy

Michael Fontaine


Plautus, Rome's earliest extant poet, was acclaimed by ancient critics above all for his mastery of language and his felicitous jokes; and yet in modern times relatively little attention has been devoted to elucidating these elements fully. In Funny Words in Plautine Comedy, Michael Fontaine reassesses some of the premises and nature of Plautine comedy. Combining textual and literary criticism, the author argues that many of Plautus’ jokes and puns were misunderstood already in antiquity, and that with them the names and identities of some familiar characters were misconceived. Central to his ... More

Keywords: audience, characterization, comedy, humor, irony, language, parasites, Plautus, puns, style

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195341447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Fontaine, author
Cornell University
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