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Definition: Comic playwright from Carthage who was originally a slave. His plays were more refined than those of his contemporary, Plautus. He preferred to rework Greek classics, like those of Menander. He also preferred gentle humor, not the coarse, broad humor of Plautus. Few of his plays survive.

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About Terence
The works and world of the great comic playwright come alive at this site.

Ancient Rome
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Biography of Terence
Read about the life of the comic writer.

Terence and His Plays
This theater history site focuses on the plays and the world in which they were written.

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