Episode 34

In this eisode we take a detailed look at Casina by Plautus. It’s a tale of two men who try to use their slaves in a plot marry the young Casina by proxy.

It has a prologue of particular interest. The usual stock characters are there, but for once the women come out strongly as they take control of the situation and thwart the plans in comic style.

The play prompts a look at the role of the head of the household, the ‘pater families’ in Rome and as some suggestions that there is some social commentary on recent events concerning some recent behaviour of the Bacchic cult.

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