Plautus and the Italian commedia erudita : Plautine reminiscences in "La Cassaria" by Ludovico Ariosto

Title: Plautus and the Italian commedia erudita : Plautine reminiscences in "La Cassaria" by Ludovico Ariosto
Source document: Graeco-Latina Brunensia. 2020, vol. 25, iss. 1, pp. 199-210
  • ISSN
    1803-7402 (print)
    2336-4424 (online)
Type: Article

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The presence of ancient comedies on stage, during a period when vernacular language appeared as the language of literature, resulted in the creation of autonomous comedic genres. These boldly reached for ancient models such as erudite or learned comedy and are said to have been originally created by Ludovico Ariosto. This paper aims to discover the aspects, motifs, and elements of Plautus' palliata that inspired Ariosto to create "La Cassaria". The article therefore explores how Plautus' Roman concepts went on to influence Ariosto with regards to character creation, motifs, the use of names that belong to the category of nomen omen or transgression, and role reversal.
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