Terence, The Self-Tormentor

LCL 22: 176-177

Go To Section
Go To Section

The self-tormentor

Didascalia incipit heauton timorumenos terenti acta lvdis megalensibvs l. cornelio lentvlo l. valerio flacco aedilibvs cvrvlibvs egere l. ambivivs tvrpio l. atilivs praenestinvs modos fecit flaccvs clavdi acta primvm tibiis imparibvs deinde dvabvs dextris graeca menandrv facta iii m’. ivventio ti. sempronio cos. C. Sulpici Apollinaris Periocha in militiam proficisci gnatum Cliniam amantem Antiphilam compulit durus pater animique sese angebat facti paenitens. mox ut reversust clam patrem devortitur ad Clitiphonem. is amabat scortum Bacchidem. cum accerseret cupitam Antiphilam Clinia, ut eius Bacchis venit amica ac servolae habitum gerens Antiphila. factum id quo patrem suum celaret Clitipho. hic technis Syri decem minas meretriculae aufert a sene. Antiphila Clitiphonis reperitur soror. hanc Clinia, aliam Clitipho uxorem accipit.

The self-tormentor

Production Notice

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. 4

Synopsis 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.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.terence-self_tormentor.2001