Titus Maccius Plautus: Epidicus

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  • Ulrike Auhagen (Universität Freiburg)

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, with only 733 verses, is one of his shortest plays – was not very highly esteemed …

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Auhagen, Ulrike. "Epidicus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 April 2013
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