Plot: Pseudolus the slave pledges to find enough money in one day to buy the girl that his owner’s son has fallen in love with, before she is sold off to a Macedonian soldier.
The last play in the Penguin Classic collection The Pot of Gold and other plays by Plautus, translated by E. F. Watling.
My thoughts: Back to the clever and tricky Plautine slave who outfoxes the villain to save himself and his masters. I expected the shenanigans to be more intricate, or a last minute hitch to give the play a bit more suspense and comedy. Good but could have been better. Nevertheless it would be a joy to watch on stage with great comic parts in Pseudolus and the pimp Ballio.
Ballio : “I’d as soon trust you as tie up a stray dog with a string of sheep’s guts!” page 229
Personal rating: 6/10
Kimmy’s rating: Did someone say sheep’s guts??
Also in that year: Roman forces crush the Syrian Antiochus III at Thermopylae and expel his army from mainland Greece.
The sanity in between: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, a great read for ages 10 to 110. Imagine Harry Potter written by Joss Whedon.
Next : Plautus’ last surviving play Mostellaria (The Ghost)