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The sitcoms of an ancient Roman playwright

October 22, 2010


Christopher Bungard of the Classics Program at Butler University will give a public lecture on ancient Roman playwright Plautus at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Science Center's Porter Brown Auditorium (150).

Plautus lived in the second century BC and adapted Greek comedies for a Roman audience. Professor Bungard's talk will examine how Plautus borrowed from a well-worn genre (the situation comedy) where young men inevitably fall in love with women they cannot have, where pimps, soldiers, and angry fathers thwart young love, where good social manners prevail over misanthropy, and where clever slaves pushed Romans to rethink their own identities.