Titus Maccius Plautus: Aulularia (2804 words)


In the wake of the 1958 papyrus discovery of a nearly complete play of Menander’s, i.e. Dyskolos (“The Grouch”), critics have presumed that Plautus’ Aulularia (“The Pot of Gold”) is based on a source play by Menander. Indeed, a wealth of dramaturgical similarities between Dyskolos and Aulularia, e.g. the construction of plot and individual scenes, characterization, themes and motifs, has led to a consensus that the lost Greek source of Aulularia, if not Menandrian, must be the work of an accomplished New Comedy imitator of Menander (see further Arnott 1964, Hunter 1981, Bain 1992). Whatever its Greece source, Plautus’ play takes its name from the Latin word aula/olla, i.e. …

Citation: Christenson, David M.. "Aulularia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 March 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=13462, accessed 24 February 2021.]

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