Terence, The Woman of Andros

LCL 22: 46-47

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The Woman of Andros

Didascalia incipit andria terenti acta lvdis megalensibvs m. fvlvio m’. glabrione aedilibvs cvrvlibvs egere l. ambivivs tvrpio l. atilivs praenestinvs modos fecit flaccvs clavdi tibiis paribvs dextris vel sinistris graeca menandrv facta i m. marcello c. svlpicio cos. C. Sulpici Apollinaris Periocha sororem falso creditam meretriculae genere Andriae Glycerium vitiat Pamphilus, gravidaque facta dat fidem uxorem sibi fore hanc. namque aliam pater ei desponderat, gnatam Chremetis; atque ut amorem comperit, simulat futuras nuptias, cupiens suus quid haberet animi filius cognoscere. Davi suasu non repugnat Pamphilus. sed ex Glycerio natum ut vidit puerulum Chremes, recusat nuptias, generum abdicat. mox filiam Glycerium insperato agnitam hanc Pamphilo, aliam dat Charino coniugem.

The Woman of Andros

Production Notice 1

Here begins the Woman of Andros of Terence, acted at the Ludi Megalenses 2 in the curule aedileship of M. Fulvius and M’. Glabrio. Produced by L. Ambivius Turpio and L. Atilius of Praeneste. 3 Music composed by Flaccus, slave of Claudius, for equal pipes, left-hand or right-hand. Greek original by Menander. The author’s first play, performed in the consulship of M. Marcellus and C. Sulpicius. 4

Synopsis by c. Sulpicius Apollinaris

Glycerium, who was wrongly believed to be the sister of a courtesan of Andrian birth, is raped by Pamphilus, who, when she becomes pregnant, promises to make her his wife. But his father had arranged another marriage for him with the daughter of Chremes. When the father discovers the love affair, he pretends that the marriage is going ahead, hoping to find out what the son’s real intentions are. On the advice of Davus, Pamphilus offers no objection. However, when Chremes sees the baby born to Glycerium, he cancels the marriage, refusing to have Pamphilus as his son-in-law. In due course Glycerium is unexpectedly recognised as Chremes’ daughter. He then marries her to Pamphilus and gives his other daughter to Charinus.

  • 1The Production Notice, which is preserved in the MSS for Terence’s other five plays, is missing for TheWoman of Andros. The one here given is reconstructed on the same model from information supplied by Donatus.
  • 2The Ludi Megalenses, founded in 204 b.c. in honour of the Great Mother (Magna Mater), were held in April and were the occasion of four of Terence’s six plays.
  • 3For Ambivius Turpio see Introduction. Atilius was probably the co-producer, or second actor of Ambivius’ troupe, though some have seen him as the producer of later revivals.
  • 4That is, in 166 b.c.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.terence-woman_andros.2001