Terence


Ter·ence

biographical name \ˈter-ən(t)s\

Definition of TERENCE

186(or 185)–?159 b.c. Publius Terentius Afer Rom. dram.

Terence

biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born c. 195, Carthage, North Africa—died 159? BC, in Greece or at sea) Roman comic dramatist. Born as a slave, he was taken to Rome, where he was educated and later freed. His six extant verse plays are The Woman of Andros, The Mother-in-Law, The Self-Tormentor, The Eunuch, Phormio, and The Brothers. Produced between 166 and 160 BC, they were based on Greek originals (including four by Menander); Terence eliminated their original prologues, used contemporary colloquial Latin, and introduced a measure of realism. He influenced later dramatists such as Molière and William Shakespeare.

Variants of TERENCE

Terence orig. Publius Terentius Afer

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