Year/Century: 18th century
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Description: Terentius Afer (Publius) Comoediae Sex, Cum Interpretatione Donati et Calphurnii, et Commentario Perpetuo. Birmingham, J.Baskerville, 1772 Period ink inscription "J.Orred from Thos. James Winfield 1791" to head of title and with Orred's booplate Occasional light foxing, original tree calf, rebacked preserving part of gilt spine Preserved in modern slip-case Size 4 1/4 by 6 3/4" 307 pages Text in Latin
Known by his stage name Terence, Publius Terentius Afer (c. 195/185 – c. 159? BC) was an African-born Roman dramatist who lived during the Roman Republic. His comedies were initially presented in the period between 170 and 160 BC. A Roman senator named Terentius Lucanus took Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him, and then, after being impressed with his skills, set him free. At the age of twenty-five, Terence suddenly passed away, most likely from a shipwreck or illness while returning to Rome from Greece.It was said that he was traveling to discover new stories for his comedy to be based on. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, his plays were widely utilized as a means of teaching Latin, and Shakespeare even occasionally copied them. "Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto," or "I am human, and I think nothing human is alien to me," is one of Terence's most well-known quotes. Heauton Timorumenos, his play, featured this.
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