The Captivi of Plautus (Latin texts and commentaries)

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Excerpt from The Captivi of Plautus: Edited With Introduction, Apparatus Criticus and Commentary

Since the Captivi is the one play of Plautus in whose text are represented all the pre-Renaissance MSS., I have thought it worth while to re-collate the MSS. for this edition and provide a full apparatus criticus. The gleaning of the field already reaped by the authors of the larger Teubner edition has not been mis-spent labour. It has contributed not merely to the improvement of the text, especially in the matter of orthography, but to a clearer knowledge of the relationship between the MSS. of the first eight plays.

The introductory pages deal mainly with Prosody and Metre, the two subjects on which information seems most required by English students of Plautus. I hope in time to edit other plays of this author and to take up one by one the remaining topics of interest, such as Plautine Accidence and Syntax, and the history of the Plautine Text in antiquity.

To Professor Skutsch of Breslau University my best thanks are due for the help I have received from him in the preparation of this volume.

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David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than fifty books. His translations include the "Metamorphoses" of Ovid, "The Fables of Avianus," the "& quot; Eclogues& quot; and & quot; Georgics& quot; of Virgil," and "Seneca: The Tragedies, Vols. 1 and 2," all available from Johns Hopkins.

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Text: Latin, English

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