By Regine May
Regine may well discusses using drama as an intertext within the paintings of the 2d century Latin writer Apuleius, who wrote the single entire extant Latin novel, the Metamorphoses, within which a tender guy is changed into a donkey through magic. Apuleius makes use of drama, in particular comedy, as a easy underlying texture, and invitations his readers to exploit their wisdom of up to date drama in studying the destiny of his protagonist and the customarily comedian or tragic events during which he unearths himself. might employs a detailed learn of the Latin textual content and particular comparability with the corpus of dramatic texts from antiquity, in addition to dialogue of inventory beneficial properties of old drama, particularly of comedy, with a purpose to clarify a few good points of the radical that have thus far baffled Apuleian scholarship, together with the enigmatic finishing. All Latin and Greek has been translated into English.
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Deufert (2002: 210 with n. 63), however, doubts it was a commentary. Cf. id. p. g. Arruntius Celsus’ commentary or glosses on Phormio; similar commentaries may have been written at this time for Plautus. 71 On these and other authors of the second century: Steinmetz (1982: 121–373). g. in the protreptic part of his De Deo Socratis, cf. ) in Harrison, Hilton and Hunink (2001). ). On archaism cf. Deufert (2002: 200); Holford-Strevens (2003: 354–63) (who calls it ‘mannerism’). ) arguments for the Hadrianic period.
72 Apuleius, who freely draws on Seneca in his philosophical works, is a notable exception, an attitude, which, as we will see, also extended to Seneca’s tragedies in the Metamorphoses. This is not the place to discuss second-century archaism as a whole; instead I will focus on the role of the language of archaic dramatists as well as the use of quotations in this period. Plautus is especially congenial to archaizers and linguists at that time, given that his is one of the oldest literary Latin texts that survived, and in the case of Apuleius the intertextuality between comedy and novel, enhanced by comic words, is a desired eVect.
Quotations of Plautus in other authors are scarce, but continuity is still proven through the interest of the grammarians of this period (p. ). 67 Cf. Quint. 99. For a list cf. Sedigitus in Gell. 25. 68 Green (1994: 145); Bonner (1977: 215V. and 224). 69 Cf. v. argumentum in OCD—Aemilius Asper, who wrote important commentaries on Terence and others, may have Xourished in the late 2nd cent. ad and thus cannot have been used by Apuleius, cf. von Albrecht (1994: 1025 with n. 1, and 1165), Steinmetz (1982: 186).