Muito prazer, anfitrião!

Lilian Nunes da Costa


Abstract: An approach to the theme of pleasure could not be avoided in Plautus’ Amphitruo, inasmuch as the prologue states (104 f.) that the great Jupiter spares no effort to get the women he desires. Notwithstanding, Plautine craftsmanship disguises the theme in this play with irony, ambiguity and euphemism. It’s a curious fact, for instance, that four out of the seven times the word uoluptas occurs in the play are within the song (633-653) of the (self proclaimed) virtuous Alcmena, a passage whose value as a serious testimony, or as parody of lyric, is disputed. The dimension assumed by the topic of pleasure in this comedy (as well as its contribution to the generation of poetic effects, the humorous ones among them) is the subject- matter of this paper.

Keywords: Plautus; Amphitruo; pleasure; sexual euphemism; uoluptas.


Plautus; Amphitruo; pleasure; sexual euphemism;uoluptas

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Nuntius Antiquus
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