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Terence – Plays – Roman literature

By | 2017-09-04T08:18:04+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Africa, Literature, Romans|

A page from a manuscript of Terence, written about 825 AD (now in the Vatican) Terence was born about 185 BC, soon after the end of the Second Punic War. His whole name was Publius Terentius Afer. Because he has "Afer" (which means Africa) as part of his name, people think he may have come [...]

Plautus – Roman plays – ancient Rome

By | 2017-09-04T00:45:19+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Literature, Romans|

Actors in ancient Rome During the Roman Republic, when the Romans first began to go to plays, there weren't any plays written in Latin, only plays in Greek. Plautus (PLAW-tuss or PLOW-tuss) was one of the first people who wrote plays in Latin for these Roman audiences, in the late 200s BC (about the time of the Second Punic [...]

Latin Literature – the writers of ancient Rome

By | 2017-09-03T22:39:51+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Literature, Romans|

A Roman papyrus scroll from a library of Epicurean philosophy (Herculaneum, Italy) The Roman Empire lasted for more than a thousand years, so there was plenty of time to produce a lot of writing. Latin, an Indo-European language, was written in an alphabet derived from the Greek alphabet, with some letters changed: the Latin or Roman alphabet is [...]