TYLAWSKI, Elizabeth I.,
Saturio's Inheritance. The Greek Ancestry of the Roman Comic Parasite.
Peter Lang, New York (...), 2002. X,192p. Hard bound. Personal brieflet from the author loosely inserted. Series: Artists and Issues in the Theatre, vol.9.'This work examines a particular motif in Greco-Roman comedy to shed light on the history of Ancient Comedy. Tylawsky does a fine job of studying the origins (her 'Greek Ancestry') 'of the Roman Comic Parasite', a peculiarly Plautine figure. Her title figure is Saturio, parasite of Plautus Persa; at 53-60 he boasts of his ancestry, using the proud Roman maiorem meum. Cleverly, T. uses the idea of theatrical or stage 'ancestry' to explain the stage conventions and performance practices that attached to the Parasite as a stock figure of Greek Old, Middle and New Comedy, and then Roman, Comedy. (...) T. ends with an excellent bibliography, very full, precise notes, and Index of Passages.' (ROBERT BROPHY IN Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.05.09). From the library of the late Prof. W. Geoffrey Arnott.