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Roman Drama Collection (18 vols.)

by Plautus, T. Maccius, Seneca, Terence

G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Harvard University Press 1916–1987

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Overview

Long before Shakespeare and Moliere carried drama to popular heights across Europe, Roman dramatists set the stage for their arrival—refining this special literary form of collaborative production, and collective reception. Roman playwrights developed stock characters to economize storytelling, many of which are used to this day. The archetypal hesitant hero, shrewd servant, vainglorious soldier, and gossiping maid that we instantly recognize today were perfected in this period. These works, written between 205 BC and AD 65, are the best extant examples of Roman drama.

The Roman Drama Collection contains the comedies and tragedies of Rome’s three most prominent playwrights: Plautus, Terence, and Seneca. All 20 of Plautus’ surviving comedies are included, representing the earliest surviving works of Latin literature. He was the most prolific Roman playwright, and his colloquial writing is rife with puns, wordplay, and shifting meaning. The six comedies of Terence, whom Martin Luther referred to as an expert on the human condition, represents the best in Latin writing. The 10 tragedies of Seneca, and their frequent themes of revenge, influenced revenge plays like Hamlet and The Spanish Tragedy.

This collection contains the complete texts in their Loeb Classical Library editions. Each text is included in its original Latin, with an English translation for side-by-side comparison. Use Logos’ language tools to go deeper into the Latin text with linked translations, definitions, and pronunciation tools. You can also use the dictionary lookup tool to examine difficult English words. Quick and easy access to maps and charts, as well as definitions and lexical information, allows you to see the historical context of these plays like never before. There has never been a better way for students of history, literature, or Latin to study ancient drama.

Key Features

  • All the surviving plays of Plautus, Terence, and Seneca
  • Window into Roman entertainment and the development of drama
  • Loeb Classical Library editions

Individual Titles

Plautus, vol. 1: Amphitryon. The Comedy of Asses. The Pot of Gold. The Two Bacchises. The Captives

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Translator: Paul Nixon
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 287

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains an introduction and Paul Nixon’s translation of Amphitryon, The Comedy of Asses, The Pot of Gold, The Two Bacchises, and The Captive.

Plautus, vol. 1: Amphitryon. The Comedy of Asses. The Pot of Gold. The Two Bacchises. The Captives: Latin Text

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 287

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains the Latin text of Amphitryon, The Comedy of Asses, The Pot of Gold, The Two Bacchises, and The Captive.

Plautus, vol. 2: Casina. The Casket Comedy. Curculio. Epidicus. The Two Menaechmuses

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Translator: Paul Nixon
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 245

This volume contains Paul Nixon’s translation of Casina, The Casket Comedy, Curculio, Epidicus, and The Two Menaechmuses.

Plautus, vol. 2: Casina. The Casket Comedy. Curculio. Epidicus. The Two Menaechmuses: Latin Text

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 245

This volume contains the Latin texts of Casina, The Casket Comedy, Curculio, Epidicus, and The Two Menaechmuses.

Plautus, vol. 3: The Merchant. The Braggart Warrior. The Haunted House

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Translator: Paul Nixon
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1924
  • Pages: 274

This volume contains Paul Nixon’s translation of The Merchant, The Braggart Warrior, and The Haunted House.

Plautus, vol. 3: The Merchant. The Braggart Warrior. The Haunted House: Latin Text

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1924
  • Pages: 274

This volume contains the Latin texts of The Merchant, The Braggart Warrior, and The Haunted House.

Plautus, vol. 4: The Little Carthaginian. Pseudolus. The Rope

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Translator: Paul Nixon
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1932
  • Pages: 232

This volume contains Paul Nixon’s translation of The Little Carthaginian, Pseudolus, and The Rope.

Plautus, vol. 4: The Little Carthaginian. Pseudolus. The Rope: Latin Text

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1932
  • Pages: 232

This volume contains the Latin texts of The Little Carthaginian, Pseudolus, and The Rope.

Plautus, vol. 5: Stichus. Three Bob Day. Truculentus. The Tale of a Travelling Bag

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Translator: Paul Nixon
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1938
  • Pages: 198

This volume contains Paul Nixon’s translation of Stichus, Three Bob Day, Truculentus, and The Tale of a Travelling Bag.

Plautus, vol. 5: Stichus. Three Bob Day. Truculentus. The Tale of a Travelling Bag: Latin Text

  • Author: T. Maccius Plautus
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1938
  • Pages: 198

This volume contains the Latin texts of Stichus, Three Bob Day, Truculentus, and The Tale of a Travelling Bag.

Terence, vol. 1: The Lady of Andros. The Self-Tormentor. The Eunuch

  • Author: Terence
  • Translator: John Sargeaunt
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 180

This volume contains and introduction and John Sargeaunt’s translation of The Lady of Andros, The Self-Tormentor, and The Eunuch.

Terence, vol. 1: The Lady of Andros. The Self-Tormentor. The Eunuch: Latin Text

  • Author: Terence
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 180

This volume contains the Latin texts of The Lady of Andros, The Self-Tormentor, and The Eunuch.

Terence, vol. 2: Phormio. The Mother-in-Law. The Brothers

  • Author: Terence
  • Translator: John Sargeaunt
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 174

This volume contains John Sargeaunt’s translation of Phormio, The Mother-in-Law, and The Brothers.

Terence, vol. 2: Phormio. The Mother-in-Law. The Brothers: Latin Text

  • Author: Terence
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 174

This volume contains John Sargeaunt’s translation of Phormio, The Mother-in-Law, and The Brothers.

Seneca’s Tragedies, vol. 1: Hercules Furens. Troades. Medea. Hippolytus. Oedipus

  • Author: Seneca
  • Translator: Frank Justus Miller
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 287

This volume contains Frank Justus Miller’s translation of Hercules Furens, Troades, Medea, and Oedipus.

Seneca’s Tragedies, vol. 1: Hercules Furens. Troades. Medea. Hippolytus. Oedipus: Latin Text

  • Author: Seneca
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 287

This volume contains the Latin texts of Hercules Furens, Troades, Medea, and Oedipus.

Seneca’s Tragedies, vol. 2: Agamemnon. Thyestes. Hercules Oetaeus. Phoenissae. Octavia

  • Author: Seneca
  • Translator: Frank Justus Miller
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 283

This volume contains Frank Justus Miller’s translation of Agamemnon, Thyestes, Hercules Oetaeus, Phoenissae, and Octavia.

Seneca’s Tragedies, vol. 2: Agamemnon. Thyestes. Hercules Oetaeus. Phoenissae. Octavia: Latin Text

  • Author: Seneca
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University press
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 283

This volume contains the Latin texts of Agamemnon, Thyestes, Hercules Oetaeus, Phoenissae, and Octavia.

Product Details

  • Title: Roman Drama Collection
  • Authors: T. Maccius Plautus, Seneca, Terence
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publishers: Harvard University Press, G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Volumes: 18
  • Pages: 4,320

About the Authors

T. Maccius Plautus (254–184 BC) was born in central Italy and originally worked as a stage hand. He became an actor, and eventually the most popular and prolific Roman playwright. He wrote 52 comedies, 20 of which survive today.

Seneca (4 BC–AD 65), sometimes called Seneca the Younger, was a Roman philosopher, politician, and playwright. He was a tutor and advisor to Nero. He was (perhaps erroneously) caught up in a conspiracy to assassinate Nero, and was forced to commit suicide. His work has been enduringly popular through the centuries. His tragedies had a strong influence on Renaissance drama in England and France.

Terence (195–159 BC) was a Roman playwright of African descent. He was originally brought to Rome as a slave, but his master freed him after educating him and being impressed by his talents. His Libyan birth made him the first in a long line of poets from the African diaspora. He wrote all of his plays before leaving Rome at age 25, and never returned.