Menaechmi


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Menaechmi

comedy, by Plautus, about mistakes involving identical twins. [Rom. Lit.: Menaechmi]
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The topics include Dionysus' choice in Frogs and Aristophanes' parenetic pedigree, the reception of comedy in the ancient novel, Titus Andronicus as an illustration of the link between Roman comedy and Renaissance revenge drama, Lysistrata on Broadway, and Plautus' Menaechmi in English translation.
6) It is indebted to two Plautine plays in particular: Menaechmi and Amphitruo.
Low, "Door Number Three: Time, Space, and Audience Experience in The Menaechmi and The Comedy of Errors" (71-92); Meg F.
Another response to this politico-religious situation was Poliziano's prologue to a 1488 edition/production of Plautus's Menaechmi.
It attests to the esteem newly accorded to Plautus that by the late fifteenth century the first known public performance of any classical drama in any vernacular translation was that of his Menaechmi at Ferrara on 25 January 1486, as part of Duke Ercole's carnival entertainments honoring Francesco Gonzaga, betrothed to Isabella d'Este.
35 Menaechmi, by Plautus, is best remembered today for providing the story for which Shakespeare play?
Adriana, on the contrary, is defined in terms of the driven goal directedness of an early modern wife, not merely the Matrona of Amphitruo or the shrewish uxor dotata (wife who has inherited money from her father) of Menaechmi.
Why does Greenblatt refer to Plautus's Menaechmi as Menaechmuses?
Although a few plays were given in private settings a bit earlier, modern theater history in Italy, in the sense of performances presented to a more or less public audience, seems to begin in 1486, when Ercole d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, ordered a production of Plautus's Menaechmi in the courtyard of his palace and when the production of a tragedy by Seneca, Ippolitus, was offered by Cardinal Raffaele Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, in front of his palace in Rome.
The specific play of Plautus' on which "The Comedy of Errors" was based was "The Twin Menaechmi" Its popularity was such that, according to George Duckworth's The Complete Roman Drama, at least three other 16th-century plays had been based on it before Shakespeare wrote "The Comedy of Errors" So even if Shakespeare hadn't actually read "The Twin Menaechmi," the chances that he would have heard of it or its plot about twins and mistaken identity, either from schoolmates or from friends in the theater, are very strong.
Plautus' Menaechmi is a comedy which examines what happens when identical twin brothers, accidentally separated in childhood, find themselves in the same city as adults.
The plot is a direct lift fromShakespeare's Comedy of Errors, who in turn stole it from Plautus's Menaechmi.