Terentius Afer - Comoediae sex - 1584

Terentius Afer - Comoediae sex - 1584
Collected works, Literature - Quantity: 1 - tipped in plates - Book

Illustrated work from the 16th century, by famous publisher Gryphum.
Seven beautiful woodcuts depicting the poet in his studio and an actor in the theatre. (ANDRIA, EUNUCHUS, EAUTONTIMORUMENOS, ADELPHI, PHORMIO, HECYRA).
Pub brand of Gryphium: Griffin holding a stone with a claw to which a winged globe is chained. Motto: ‘Virtute duce, comite fortuna’.

Six comedies by Publius Terentius Afer (Latin: Publius Terentius Afer; Carthage, c. 190-185 BC – Stymfalia, 159 BC) was a Roman playwright, probably of Berber ethnicity, active in Rome from 166 BC to 160 BC.
With comment by Aelius Donatus (Latin: Aelius Donatus), undoubtedly the most influential grammarian of his time (as is also attested by the title ‘clarissimus’ he was given). Probably of African origin, he also taught rhetoric and had St Jerome and Rufinus among his students.

Terence wrote only six comedies, all of which survived up to the present day in their entirety.
Andria: it is the first Latin theatre work in which the prologue is dedicated not to the exhibition of content, but to literary controversy. In the first verses, in fact, Terence defends himself against the accusation of plagiarism and contamination.
Hecyra: (‘The Mother-in-Law’) is inspired by two comedies, one by Apollodorus of Caristo and another by Menander. It was first staged in 165 BC.
Heautontimorumenos (Greek: ‘The Punisher of Himself’) is reworked from Menander’s eponymous play. It was successfully staged in 163 BC.
Eunuchus (‘The Eunuch’) is a comedy inspired by two different works by Menander. It was staged in 161 BC and was Terence’s greatest success.
Phormio is a play successfully performed in 161 BC; its Greek model is the Epidikazòmenos (‘The Suitor’) of Apollodorus of Charysto.
Adelphoe: Comedy about two brothers and their fathers, with different mentalities and educational methods; taken from the eponymous work by Menander. It was staged in 160 BC.

Full title:
Terentii Comoediae sex, accuratè sanè, et diligenter emendatae. Haec adiecta. Terentij vita ex Aelio Donato. Argumenta in fabulas, & scenas. Annotationes in margine adscriptae. Obseruatio variae lectionis.
Terentius Afer, Publius
Venetiis : apud Ioan. Gryphium, 1584 (Venetijs : Ioan. Gryphius excudebat, 1584).
Pub brand of Gryphium: Griffin holding a stone with a claw to which a winged globe is chained. Motto: Virtute duce, comite fortuna (U465) at the title page. Coeval parchment binding with signs of scuffs on the edges of the plates. Pp. [1]; 175.
Graesse VII, 57. S.l- t,t- Neex (3) 1584 (R) - CHBEC, LAIT.

1. Terentius Afer, Publius
2. Donatus, Aelius.

Lot details
Number of Books
Collected works, Literature
Author/ Illustrator
Terentius Afer
Book Title
Comoediae sex
Publication year oldest item
Illustrated Edition
Original language
Venetijs : Ioan. Gryphius excudebat,
Binding/ Material
tipped in plates
Number of pages
164×123 mm
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