Roman Comedy: Plautus and the Menaechmi
When the Romans conquered Greece they took over many of its arts. ‘Vanquished Greece’, says Horace, ‘subdued its savage captor.’ Early Rome had developed literary traditions of its own, rough and unpolished but with a crude vigour that would have developed with time. Faced with the finished products of Greek culture this native tradition quickly succumbed. Greek influence pervaded the arts of the Roman empire for centuries. At best, it inspired enduring masterpieces, at worst, pallid imitations.
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