Publius Terentius Afer (c. 195/185 – c. 159 BC)
Portrait of Terence, the Roman African Playwright
One of Rome’s earliest authors, the comedian Terence has enjoyed almost unbelievable popularity, influencing everyone from Shakespeare and Molière to contemporary playwrights.
Publius Terentius Afer lived approximately 195-159 BC, and his six surviving plays are models of pure Latinity and sophisticated character development.
Annotated page of Terence’s Adelphoe (act I, scene II)
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