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Questions tagged [plautus]

Questions relating to the works of Titus Maccius Plautus (c. 254–184 BC).

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What is Plautus’s pun about frustum and frustrum?

The word frustum is often mispronounced as frustrum. Wikipedia states that this mispronunciation goes back a long time and a pun about them is included in the works of Plautus. Can anyone direct me ...
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When and how was “bombax!” used?

I found the exclamation bombax! in Plautus' Pseudolus (Pl. Ps. 1.3.131), where note 19 specifies it is a Greek loanword (βομβάξ in fact) used as an interjection of contempt. This agrees with what is ...
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Idiom like “Fair enough!”

If someone disagrees with you and the argument makes you change your opinion, you might say "Fair enough!" in English. This seems to be essentially equivalent to "Oh, good point! I agree." Is there a ...
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Is “servos” accusative plural in Plautus's “is est servos ipse” and, if that's the case, why does “esse” takes accusative case there?

I have some troubles in understanding the syntax of a sentence from Plautus's Captivi, line 580; I need to add glosses. The sentence is "Nam is est servos ipse, neque praeter se umquam ei servos fuit"....
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How to say that you were just kidding?

It is not unusual to attempt to say something humorous but it is mistaken for as serious statement. In this situation I might say "Just kidding!", "I wasn't serious!", "it was a joke!", or something ...
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Who wrote the acrostics that appear at the beginning of Plautus's plays?

Almost every Plautus play that I have read begins with an acrostic that lays out the argumentum. Here's an example from the Menaechmi: Mercator Siculus, quoi erant gemini filii, Ei surrupto ...
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“scibat facturos” in the prologue of Plautus' Amphitryon

In the prologue to Plautus' Amphitryo, lines 20-25, Mercurius says this: Pater huc me misit ad vos oratum meus, tam etsi, pro imperio vobis quod dictum foret, scibat facturos—quippe qui ...