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1569 COMEDIES PUBLIUS TERENTIUS AFER TERENCE FOLIO VELLUM DRAMA PLAYS
COMEDIESCOMOEDIAE OMNES, CUM ABSOLUTIS COMMENTARIIS AELI DONATI1569; Publius Terentius Afer; Venice, Girolamo Scoto; Folio Vellum; 20, 380 Pages; w8.2"xh11.8"; Latin Text; Extremely Rare!!!Great For any Latin/Drama Fan or Collector.  Great Gift Idea!!!ATTRIBUTES:A Lovely faux leather cover design with vellum binding, gold title to spine, with a great title page with woodcut illustration, with lots of pretty woodcut initials and smaller illustrations in text throughout, woodcut on the last page and some Legendary Plays; Nice Size!!!SOME CONTENTS INCLUDED: ANDRIA THE GIRL FROM ANDROS, HECYRA THE MOTHER IN LAW, HEAUTON TIMORUMENOS THE SELF TORMETOR, PHORMIO, EUNUCHUS, ADELPHOE THE BROTHERS, ETC.!!!BACKGROUND: Publius Terentius Afer (c. 195/185 ?" c. 159? BC), better known in English as Terence, was a playwright of the Roman Republic, of North African descent. His comedies were performed for the first time around 170?"160 BC. Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, brought Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him and later on, impressed by his abilities, freed him. Terence apparently died young, probably in Greece or on his way back to Rome. All of the six plays Terence wrote have survived.Like Plautus, Terence adapted Greek plays from the late phases of Attic comedy. Terence wrote in a simple conversational Latin, and most students who persevere long enough to be able to read him in the vernacular find his style particularly pleasant and direct. Aelius Donatus, Jerome's teacher, is the earliest surviving commentator on Terence's work. Terence's popularity throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is attested to by the numerous manuscripts containing part or all of his plays; the scholar Claudia Villa has estimated that 650 manuscripts containing Terence's work date from after AD 800. The mediaeval playwright Hroswitha of Gandersheim claims to have written her plays so that learned men had a Christian alternative to reading the pagan plays of Terence, while the reformer Martin Luther not only quoted Terence frequently to tap into his insights into all things human but also recommended his comedies for the instruction of children in school.CONDITION:Condition is Good/Very Good.  Some wear to edges, usual soiling to vellum, couple trimmed headlines, repair to right side/upper/lower corners of title page, few written words to left lower side of emblem, some dampstaining pg.193 to 236, loss of 2 letters on pg. 193 to headline, little worming from pg. 303 to end 380 at upper inner gutter affecting some words; rest of pages/hinges/text block are very good for over 445 years old!!!
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