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Stichus; or, The Parasite Rebuffed

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By: (254 BCE-184 BCE)

In "Stichus; or, The Parasite Rebuffed" by Titus Maccius Plautus, readers are presented with a comedic play that explores themes of greed, loyalty, and deception. The plot follows the character of Stichus, a cunning parasite who tries to manipulate his way into gaining wealth and status through deceitful schemes.

Plautus' witty dialogue and clever wordplay keep the audience engaged, while the characters' humorous antics add an entertaining element to the story. The play's lighthearted tone and absurd situations make it a delightful read for those looking for a light-hearted escape.

Overall, "Stichus; or, The Parasite Rebuffed" is a delightful play that showcases Plautus' talent for comedic storytelling. Readers will enjoy the clever plot twists and the dynamic characters as they navigate the tricky world of Roman society.

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"Antipho, a wealthy and jovial old gentleman of Athens, has two daughters, Pilumena and Pamphila. They are married to two brothers, Epignomus and Pamphilus, who, having run through their property in the company of idlers and Parasites, have, with the view of retrieving their fortunes, taken to merchandize [overseas trade]." The brothers have, in fact, been gone so long trying to regain their riches that Antipho is getting ready to marry off the daughters again. Will the brothers arrive back in time to save their marriages and get rid of their Parasites? - Summary by The Play and ToddHW Cast list: Antipho, an old gentleman of Athens: ToddHW Epignomus, brother of Pamphilus: Jim Locke Pamphilus, brother of Epignomus: Alan Mapstone Gelasimus, a Parasite: Greg Giordano Stichus, the servant of Epignomus: Alan Mapstone Sagarinus, the servant of Pamphilus: Julie Burks Pinacium, a boy: Ethan Hurst Philumena, the wife of Epignomus: Jenn Broda Pamphila, the wife of Pamphilus and sister of Philumena: Nissy Crocotium, a female servant of Philumena: Sonia Stephanium, a female kitchen servant of Pamphila: WendyKatzHiller Stage Directions: Larry Wilson Editing: ToddHW


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