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Articles suitable for the summary/reaction papers are listed in the last section. They are on reserve or available on JSTOR.

Roman Comedy & Theater: General Works

  • Beacham, Richard C. 1992. The Roman Theatre and its Audience. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press.
  • Beare, W. 1965. The Roman Stage. London: Barnes and Noble.
  • Bieber, Margarete. 1961. History of the Greek and Roman Theater (2nd ed). Princeton, Princeton Univ. Press.
  • Csapo, Eric and William J. Slater. 1995. The Context of Ancient Drama. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press.
  • Dorey T.A. and D.R. Dudley. 1965. Roman Drama. London: Routledge.
  • Duckworth, George E. 1952. The Nature of Roman Comedy. Princeton.
  • Hunter, R. L. 1985. The New Comedy of Greece and Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
  • Luce, T. James, ed. 1982. Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome. New York: Scribner.
  • Marshall, C.W. 2006. The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Saunders, Catharine. 1966. Costume in Roman Comedy. New York: AMS Press.
  • Scodel, Ruth, ed. 1993. Theater and Society in the Classical World. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • Sebesta Judith, Lynn & Bonfante, eds. 1994. The World of Roman Costume. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
  • Simon, Erika. The Ancient Theatre. Trans. C.E. Vafopoulou-Richardson. London: Methuen, 1982.
  • Wiles, David. 1991. The Masks of Menander: Sign and Meaning in Greek and Roman Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


  • Anderson, William S. 1993. Barbarian Play: Plautus' Roman Comedy. Toronto, Univ. of Toronto Press.
  • Chalmers, Walter R. 1965. "Plautus and his Audience." In T.A. Dorey and D.R. Dudley. Roman Drama, 21-50. London: Routledge.
  • Goldberg, Sander M. 1998. "Plautus in the Palatine." Journal of Roman Studies 88: 1-20.
  • Goldberg, Sander M. 1986. Understanding Terence. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Gruen, Erich S. 1992. "Plautus and the Public Stage." In Erich Segal, ed. Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence. Oxford 2001. 83-94.
  • Ketterer, Robert. "Stage Properties in Plautine Comedy I." Semiotica 58 (1986) 193-216.
  • Ketterer, Robert. "Stage Properties in Plautine Comedy III. Props in Four Plays of Identity." Semiotica 60 (1986) 29-72.
  • Moore, Timothy J. 1999. "Facing the Music: Character and Musical Accompaniment in Roman Comedy." Syllecta Classica 10: 130-53. 882.009 C884 1999
  • Moore, Timothy J. "Music and Structure in Roman Comedy." American Journal of Philology 119 (1998) 245-73.
  • Moore, Timothy J. 1998. The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • Moore, Timothy J. 1989. "Seats and Social Status in the Plautine Theatre." Classical Journal 90: 113-123.
  • Parker, Holt. 1996. "Plautus vs. Terence: Audience and Popularity Re-Examined." American Journal of Philology 117: 585-617.
  • Segal, Erich. 1978. Roman Laughter: The Comedy of Plautus. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press.
  • Segal, Erich, ed. 2001. Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Slater, N.W. 1985. Plautus in Performance: The Theater of the Mind. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press.
  • Wiles, David. 1988. "Taking Farce Seriously: Recent Critical Approaches to Plautus," In Themes in Drama, 10: Farce, 261-71, ed. James Redmond. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Plautus, Menaechmi *

  • Baumbach, L. "Quacks then as now?  An examination of medical practice, theory and superstition in Plautus' Menaechmi."  Acta Classica 26 (1983) 99-104.
  • Fantham, Elaine. "Act IV of the Menaechmi: Plautus and his Original." Classical Philology 63 (1968) 175-83.
  • Groton, Anne.  "Rhyme, Women, and Song: Getting in Tune with Plautus."  Didaskalia 2.3 (1996).  6 pages.
  • Hansen, W. F. "An oral source for the Menaechmi."  Classical World 70 (1977) 385-90.
  • Haberman, D.  "Menaechmi.  A serious comedy."  Ramus 10 (1981) 129-39.
  • Jocelyn, H. D. "Anti‑Greek elements in Plautus' Menaechmi?"  Papers of the Liverpool Latin Seminar 4 (1983) 1-25.
  • Leach, Eleanor Winsor.  "MEAM QUOM FORMAM NOSCITO:  Language and Characterization in the Menaechmi."  Arethusa 2 (1969) 30-45.
  • Maurice, Lisa. "A calculated comedy of errors: The structure of Plautus' Menaechmi" Syllecta Classica 16 (2005) 31-59
  • Segal, Erich.  "The Menaechmi:  Roman Comedy of Errors."  Yale Classical Studies 21 (1969) 77-93.

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