Here begins the Self-Tormentor of Terence, acted at the Ludi Megalenses in the curule aedileship of L. Cornelius Lentulus and L. Valerius Flaccus. Produced by L. Ambivius Turpio and L. Atilius of Praeneste. 1 Music composed by Flaccus, slave of Claudius, first for unequal pipes, then for two right-hand pipes. 2 Greek original by Menander. The author’s third play, 3 performed in the consulship of M. Iuventius and Ti. Sempronius. 4Synopsis by c. Sulpicius Apollinaris
Clinia, the lover of Antiphila, was compelled by his strict father to go overseas as a soldier. The father regretted what he had done and suffered torments of agony. Presently, the son returns and, unknown to his father, goes to stay with Clitipho, who is in love with the courtesan Bacchis. When Clinia sends for his beloved Antiphila, Bacchis arrives, pretending to be Clinia’s mistress, with Antiphila dressed as her servant; this was so that Clitipho could conceal his affair from his own father. Thanks to the schemes of Syrus, Clitipho extracts ten minas from the old man to pay the courtesan. Antiphila is discovered to be Clitipho’s sister; Clinia marries her, and Clitipho takes another woman as his wife.
- 1L. Atilius is omitted by the Bembine MS (A), which names Ambivius Turpio as the sole producer.
- 2This is the only play of Terence’s where there is an apparent change of pipes during the course of the play.
- 3The second was The Mother-in-Law, whose first performance had to be abandoned.
- 4That is, in 163 b.c.