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Miles Gloriosus; The Braggart Captain

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By: (254 BCE-184 BCE)

Miles Gloriosus tells the story of a boastful soldier named Pyrgopolynices who believes himself to be the greatest warrior in all of Greece. Despite his inflated ego, Pyrgopolynices is easily manipulated and deceived by the people around him, leading to a series of comedic misunderstandings and farcical situations.

The play is filled with witty dialogue, clever wordplay, and slapstick humor that keeps the audience entertained from start to finish. The characters are lively and engaging, with each one contributing to the chaos and confusion that ensues throughout the story. The plot is fast-paced and full of twists and turns, making it an engaging and enjoyable read.

Overall, Miles Gloriosus is a delightful comedy that showcases Plautus' talent for creating entertaining and engaging plays. With its blend of humor, romance, and clever plotting, this play is sure to entertain both readers and audiences alike.

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Pleusicles loves Philocomasium, but she is kidnapped by Pyrgopolinices. Palaestrio, faithful servant to Pleusicles, witnesses this and goes to tell his master, but is captured by Pirates and ends up a servant to Pyrgopolinices as well. Palaestrio still gets word to Pleusicles, who arrives on scene. Palaestrio then invents a complex and daring plan involving mistresses, supposed twin sisters, disguises, family friends in the right places, and a monkey to try to escape Pyrgopolinices and reunite Pleusicles and Philocomasium. - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: Pyrgopolinices, the Braggart Captain: Son of the Exiles Artotrogus, a Parasite: Alan Mapstone Periplecomenus, an old gentleman, the friend of Pleusicles: ToddHW Pleusicles, a young Athenian: Adrian Stephens Palaestrio, servant of Pyrgopolinices: VocalPenguin Sceledrus, another servant of Pyrgopolinices: Mike Manolakes Lucrio, a lad, an under-servant of Pyrgopolinices: WendyKatzHiller Cario, cook to Periplecomenus: Andrew Gaunce A Boy and A Servant: Sandra Schmit Philocomasium, the mistress of Pyrgopolinices: Matea Bracic Acroteleutium, a Courtesan: Sonia Milphidippa, her maid: Jenn Broda Stage Directions: Jim Locke Editing: ToddHW

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