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Telephus At Rome

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This chapter is concerned is with Telephus, and to a lesser extent with Peleus, but Horace's text demands some preliminary questioning. Although author has reproduced the text and punctuation of Charles Brink's editio maior of the Ars, he has risked his own translation, partly in order to bring out the satirist's combination of tragic and comic diction. Horace's point is that both comedy and tragedy adopt the stylistic level of the other dramatic genre, when comedy is more impassioned than usual-Chremes stands for the generic senex iratus found in four of Terence's comedies-or when tragic roles are brought low. Just as interdum and plerumque are not parallel, so there is not absolute symmetry of thought, since Telephus and Peleus are not depicted in terms of their emotions, or even lack of emotion, but as humbled by circumstance.

Keywords: Chremes; comedy; dramatic genre; Horace; Peleus; Rome; senex iratus; Telephus; tragedy



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