Epidicum quam ego fabulam aeque ac me ipsum amo –
“The Epidicus, a play I love as much as myself”: In
Plautus’ Comedy Bacchides the slave Chrysalus
makes this metatheatrical statement (Bacch. 214). The
often discussed verse makes clear that Plautus must have
appreciated his comedy Epidicus very much.
Like Pseudolus, Truculentus and many other plays,
it is named after its main character, the slave Epidicus, who
dominates the action: The whole play is a demonstration of his
enormous cleverness and his various improvised trickeries.
In spite of the author’s presumed fondness, the comedy – which,
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