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Shakespeare's comedy is often romantic comedy derived from the New Comedy of Plautus and Terence, and some have classical locales like The Comedy of Errors, in which Shakespeare multiplies the twins from his model, Plautus's Menaechmi, and Troilus and Cressida represents an aspect of the Trojan War in a manner far more comic than in Homer's epic rendition in The Iliad.
One of the earliest, and easily the shortest of Shakespeare's plays -- "which might have an appeal for some audiences," laughs Colin -- A Comedy of Errors is basically a modernised adaptation of Menaechmi by Plautus.
Plautus (Trinummus 1177; Menaechmi 776) and Terence (Eunuch 978).
To begin her study, Low explores the thematic differences between Plautus's The Menaechmi and Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors to argue that the designs of their respective stages engendered thematic differences in the plays themselves.
A Comparison of the Characters in The Comedy of Errors with those in the Menaechmi.
Both Amphitryo and Menaechmi influenced the plot of La entretenida, which revolves around a confidence trick of assumed identity and a confusion over two characters with the same name.
7) Fraenkel (1922, 299-301) agreed, seeing parallels to Menaechmi 775-802, in which a father rebukes his daughter for complaining about her husband.
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.
A pesar de lo parcial de nuestra muestra--que, como quedo dicho, recoge 104 de los aproximadamente 400 pasajes de origen plautino--, en ella encontramos citas de 10 de las otras 12 comedias: Menaechmi, Mercator, Miles Gloriosus, Mostellaria, Persa, Poenulus, Pseudolus, Rudens, Stichus, Trinummus y Truculentus.
Asinaria, Menaechmi, Mercator, Miles gloriosus, Mostellaria, Persa, Poenulus, Rudens, Stichus, Trinummus, Truculentus, son los nombres de las demas comedias en que aparece esta voz; empero, en ninguno de los casos se emplea como equivalente a "por favor", porque, ciertamente, carece de este significado.
Twelve of his plays were included in the corpus, based on the criterion of the frequency of occurrence of the putatively inalienable nouns listed below: Amphitruo, Asinaria, Bacchides, Captivi, Casina, Epidicus, Menaechmi, Mercator, Miles Gloriosus, Poenulus, Pseudolus, Trinummus.