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(Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus.pdf) Still funny after two thousand years the Roman playwright Plautus wrote around B C E a period when Rome was fighting neighbors on all fronts including North Africa and the Near East These three plays originally written for a wartime audience of refugees POWs soldiers and veterans exiles immigrants people newly enslaved in the wars and citizens tap into the mix of fear loathing and curiosity with which cultures particularly Western and Eastern cultures often view each other always a productive source of comedy These current accessible and accurate translations have replaced terms meaningful only to their original audience such as references to Roman gods with a hilarious inspired sampling of American popular culture from songs to movie stars to slang Matching the original Latin line for line this volume captures the full exuberance of Plautus s street language bursting with puns learned allusions ethnic slurs dirty jokes and profanities as it brings three rarely translated works i Weevil Curculio Iran Man Persa i and i Towelheads Poenulus i to a wide contemporary audience br br Richlin s erudite introduction sets these plays within the context of the long history of East West conflict and illuminates the role played by comedy and performance in imperialism and colonialism She has also provided detailed and wide ranging contextual introductions to the individual plays as well as extensive notes which together with these superb and provocative translations will bring Plautus alive for a new generation of readers and actorsDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus books for multiple devices.