Terence, The Eunuch

LCL 22: 312-313

Go To Section
Go To Section
Tools

Terence

Didascalia incipit terenti evnvchvs acta lvdis megalensibvs l. postvmio albino l. cornelio mervla aedilibvs cvrvlibvs egere l. ambivivs tvrpio l. atilivs praenestinvs modos fecit flaccvs clavdi tibiis dvabvs dextris graeca menandrv facta ii m. valerio c. fannio cos. C. Sulpici Apollinaris Periocha sororem falso dictitatam Thaidis id ipsum ignorans miles advexit Thraso ipsique donat. erat haec civis Attica. eidem eunuchum quem emerat tradi iubet Thaidis amator Phaedria ac rus ipse abit, Thrasoni oratus biduom concederet. ephebus frater Phaedriae puellulam cum deperiret dono missam Thaidi, ornatu eunuchi induitur (suadet Parmeno); introiit, vitiat virginem. sed Atticus civis repertus frater eius collocat vitiatam ephebo. Phaedriam exorat Thraso.
312

Terence

Production Notice

Here begins the Eunuch of Terence, acted at the Ludi Megalenses in the curule aedileship of L. Postumius Albinus and L. Cornelius Merula. The producers were L. Ambivius Turpio and L. Atilius of Praeneste. Music composed by Flaccus, slave of Claudius, for two right-hand pipes. Greek original by Menander. The author’s second play, performed in the consulship of M. Valerius and C. Fannius. 1

Synopsis by c. Sulpicius Apollinaris

A girl wrongly regarded as the sister of Thais is brought by the soldier Thraso, who is unaware of her identity, and presented to Thais. The girl was in fact an Athenian citizen. Phaedria, the lover of Thais, orders a eunuch whom he has bought to be handed over to Thais, and departs himself for the country, having been persuaded to give way to Thraso for two days. Phaedria’s brother, who is serving as an ephebe, falls in love with the girl given as a present to Thais, and, at Parmeno’s suggestion, dresses up in the eunuch’s clothes, enters the house and rapes the girl. But her brother, an Athenian citizen, is found, and he betrothes her, no longer a virgin, to the ephebe. Thraso persuades Phaedria to let him stay.

313
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.terence-eunuch.2001