American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Plautus, Titus Maccius 254?-184 B.C. Roman comic playwright whose works influenced Shakespeare and Molière.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old book-name of the great auk, Alca impennis, lately used in a generic sense.
- n. A genus of gulls: synonymous with Larus.
- n. a genus of Alcidae
- n. comic dramatist of ancient Rome (253?-184 BC)
“Murcidus is found in Plautus and Festus, to denote a lazy and cowardly person, who, according to Arnobius and Augustin, was under the immediate protection of the goddess Murcia.”
“The Clizia is an imitation of the Casina of Plautus, which is itself an imitation of the lost [Greek] of Diphilus.”
“Plautus, which is a perfect specimen of a carousal among the lower classes in ancient times.”
“The year of his birth is unknown; he is never mentioned, like other old writers, such as Plautus and Ennius, as having lived to a great age.”
“Plautus," he told the class, "wrote comedies, farces -- not exercises in translation.”
“The simple truth is that a playwright such as Plautus, having undertaken to feed a populace hungry for amusement, ground out plays (doubtless for a living),  with a wholesome disregard for niceties of composition, provided only he obtained his _sine qua non_ -- the laugh. [”
“Witty as good as unpleasant servants who both assistance as good as hinder lovers have been revisit in this convention of humerous entertainment from Plautus as good as Terence's Roman plays on.”
“The Infinities by John Banville It might seem odd to have a story apparently set in modern Ireland that is narrated by the god Hermes, but Banville's novel is updating Amphitryon, that began with Plautus and has already been updated by Molière, Dryden and von Kleist.”
“This caused him considerable torment and inner struggle: “And so I, poor fellow, would fast and then read my Cicero; after nights of successive vigils, and after the tears that the recollection of my past sins would wrench from my innermost breast, there, back in my hands again, would be Plautus…””
“If Rubellius Plautus or another gained the throne and became my judge, there would be no lack of accusers!”
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