Plautus’ comedy, Stichus, staged in 200 BC at the Plebeian Games in Rome, is supposed to have been adapted from the first production of Menander’s Brothers (Adelphoe). The play is set in Athens before three houses: one belonging to Antipho, an elderly Athenian gentleman, and the other two belonging to his sons-in-law, Epignomus and Pamphillipus, young Athenian brothers.

As the play opens, Antipho’s daughters, Panegyris and her unnamed sister, discuss their husbands Epignomus and Pamphillipus, who have been abroad for three years. Antipho soon enters and suggests that his daughters, given their husbands’ lengthy absence, should move back into his house. The women, however, resist b…

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THORBURN, JOHN. "Stichus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 October 2009
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