oa Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - A rather unusual old man. Hegio in Plautus' Captivi

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141



Plautus stresses his awareness of the difference of 'Captivi' from his other plays in its tone and sentiment. There is some comic exploitation of role reversal. The character, Hegio, plays a central role in the play when he attempts to secure his son's release and purchases another son who was stolen from him. Hegio, as father of the hero is treated seriously - untypical of a comedy. Plautus appears to play with the conventions of comedy., but shows his mastery of the craft and the range and versatility of his comic skills.

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