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Definition: Roman playwright famous for his comedies. His plays were popular mainly because he wrote for the masses, not for select audiences. His humor was earthy and broad, not politically motivated, like the Greek comedians. Plautus's targets were soldiers and businessmen. He especially liked puns and alliteration. Twenty-one of his plays survive.

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Ancient Rome
Learn more about the fascinating story of Rome.

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Biography of Plautus
The story of the playwright's life and plays, from obscure beginning to famed end.

Writings and Career of Plautus
This theater history site focuses on the plays of Plautus.

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