Topic 2: Roman Comedy, Pseudolus Introduction Pseudolus is a play by the ancient Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus. It is an early example of Roman literature. The play is about a young man by the name of Calidorus who is in love with a prostitute by the name of Phoenicium. Phoenicium is owned by Ballio the pimp, and is one of his sex slaves. Ballio treats his slaves very badly.
In the article The God Lugus in Spain by Tovar, the writer widely discusses the evidence of the god Lugus in the Celtic world. It is discovered from the evidence that there are some similarities between how Lugus was portrayed in each of the Celtic dialects. However for the most part, he was portrayed differently in each Celtic dialect. For example, with the way his name was spelt and spoken and from the folklore tales. Throughout the text, Tovar gives evidence through inscriptions of the god Lugus from a variety of sources.
Plautus was a play writer and an actor born in Italy in 254 BCE and died 184 BCE, he was a great Roman comic dramatist whose work was sparsely adapted from Greek plays; he began his carrier as an actor. Pseudolus is one of the works of Plautus which was first shown in 191 BCE at the megalesian festival. Pseudolus is play about a soldier who put down 60 pounds of token to come back later to pay the balance of 20 pounds for a girl whose pimp wanted 80pounds for her to be sold. She sends a letter to her lover (Calidorus) who is heartbroken and confused because he can’t afford to watch her leave and also couldn’t afford to buy her from the pimp. Pseudolus who is Calidorus father’s servant assured him in quote “you are going to have your girl free and in your arm today”.
Tiberius or Tiberius Claudius Nero was born on November 16, 42 B.C.E. and died on March 16, 37 A.D, he was the son of Livia, wife of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. Although Tiberius was adopted by Augustus, if there was any other alternative to the throne Tiberius would have been overlooked. After Tiberius became emperor himself, he established the concept of a ruler as god and improved the Roman economy, though his erratic behavior made him unpopular with citizens and the senate. Tiberius was a very capable military leader and a sensible civic leader who tried to restrain the budget, but he was severe and unpopular.
The sources written by Paul Alvarus detail the city of Cordoba during the Islamic rule from the perspective of the Christian community. In the first excerpt, Alvarus details the supposed diminishing Christian collective and proclaims his distain of the mixing between Western and Eastern cultures. Following this, Alvarus gives a biographical description of his friend Eulogius and his journey towards martyrdom. Given that Alvarus is a Christian he provides a unique and often unsettling account of the Islamic rule in Medieval Spain. Considering the writing and subject material that he discusses it is assumed that Alvarus was a layman, yet a “man of letters.” Other than this, there is little that can be known of Paul Alvarus.
Through the entirety of their speeches Brutus and Antony had two main rhetoric styles of talking to the Plebeians: Logos and Pathos. Brutus appealed to the logical, logos side of the Plebeians by giving them justification on why caesar had to be killed. Brutis states, “Who is here so vile that will not love his country?... The question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol. His glory not extenuated wherein he was worthy, nor his offenses enforced for which he suffered death” (3 ii 32-33, 37-40) By using Logos he is asking people: Who wouldn’t stand up for their country?
Introduction Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s latest tragedies and depicts the life and downfall of the great Roman leader Caius Marcius, later named Coriolanus. We, the audience, follow this soldier turned politician as he struggles against his very nature to gain control over a people who despise him, and quite possibly to avoid the inevitable downfall of the tragic hero. The play has been described, as of its hero, as perhaps one of Shakespeare’s greatest, or at least biggest, creations. It is possible that this could be due to certain paradoxical features in the hero’s personality, or perhaps because we are presented to this deeply flawed mystery that is Caius Marcius Coriolanus, whose nature initially makes it difficult for the audience to sympathise with him.
He is widely regarded as the greatest english poet of all time. First and foremost I believe that Brutus was the most important person to be labeled as the tragic hero, but there are others that could fit as well, such as Marc Antony or even Cassius. But still, more than any other character, Brutus fits the role of the tragic hero. He demonstrates nearly all of the characteristics of such a character, with the most prominent characteristic being that he is of great importance, with much political power, and his fate effects so many more people than just himself. We, the audience, feel pity for him, for various reasons.
The Comedy of Errors The Comedy of Errors is a play written by William Shakespeare between 1589 and 1595. The exact date is unknown, but due to a reference to the French wars of succession along with the play’s resemblances in the text to Shakespeare’s other works written around this time, it is argued that it was written near the end of 1594. The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s first plays. It’s first spectators would have included mostly lawyers and law students. The plot of The Comedy of Errors was influenced by the Roman comedy Menaechmi and the comedic tone of the play has likenesses to the Italian comedy of the same period.
In Sophocles’s, “Oedipus the King”, the thematic genre of tragedy is exhibited because, as Aristotle puts it, tragedy is not of character, but of action. “Oedipus the King,” tells the tale of a man, made king, named Oedipus who, while attempting to outrun his fate by running from Corinth, saves Thebes from the curse of the Sphinx and is named hero and king. The dramatic irony depicted is Oedipus’s attempt to escape his fate leading him which ____. Oedipus has killed his father, former King Laius of Thebes, and married his mother. As a savior, Oedipus is a hero to Thebes, he is also a Tragic Hero to the Greeks as Aristotle explains.