Plautus, Pseudolus

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Psevdolvs

Didascalia M. IVNIO. M. FIL. PR. VRB. AC. ME. (= Marco Iunio Marci filio praetore urbano acta Megalesiis)

Argvmentvm I

Praesentis numerat quindecim miles minas, Simul consignat symbolum, ut Phoenicium Ei det leno qui eum cum relicuo afferat. Venientem caculam interuortit symbolo 5Dicens Syrum se Ballionis Pseudolus Opemque erili ita tulit; nam Simiae Leno mulierem, quem is supposuit, tradidit. Venit Harpax uerus: res palam cognoscitur Senexque argentum quod erat pactus reddidit.

Argvmentvm II

Calidorus iuuenis m<eretricem Phoenicium> efflictim deperibat, nummorum indigus; eandem miles, qui uiginti mulierem arg. 2, 1 m<eretricem Phoenicium> Leo
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Pseudolus

Pseudolus

Stage Record

Acted at the Megalesian games when Marcus Junius, son of Marcus, was city praetor.

Plot Summary 1

A soldier pays fifteen minutes cash down, and at the same time affixes his seal to a token, so that the pimp will give Phoenicium to the man who brought its equivalent with the rest of the money. Pseudolus cheats the soldier’s servant out of the token5 when he arrives, claiming to be Ballio’s Syrus, and in this way he brings help to his master’s son; for the pimp hands the woman over to Simia, whom Pseudolus palms off on him. The real Harpax comes; the matter comes out into the open, and the old man pays the money he had agreed on.

Plot Summary 2

Young Calidorus was madly in love with the prostitute Phoenicium, but lacked money. A soldier was also in love with her;

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.plautus-pseudolus.2012