What could this be about
I’ve spent most of my adult life fixated on the Greeks, and don’t know nearly as much about the Romans. No one’s made a detailed study on this play for over a century. Who really knows what is gold from that time. We have a duty to go back to the ancient world and look for ourselves. We don’t know what they’d “prefer we forget about” from those times. Being honest with you, a lot of it is boring, a lot of it is forgotten for good reason. Who knows what’s there though, because I for one don’t trust the academics to tell us. Some of them are so hostile to the Greeks today that I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the Romans were targets of the cancel culture of yesteryear. That’s their strategy ya know? One generation knows something vague about them, next generation never hears about them at all.
It looks like Plautus has about 20 surviving plays, and even more fragmentary plays. The Greek playwrights changed my life, who knows what these might do. This one in particular is in the tradition of Aristophanes somewhat.
It seems like everyone knows the Orwellian idea of them making you forget the past, and then how many of those try to understand the ancients?
It’s a “monumental task” to do it, that’s why people avoid it. A lot to sort through.
So just beginning to understanding this old old old people, the best of them seem to be the first imitation of the Greeks. The first proper plays began in 240 BC. And think of this in the context of Virgil’s version of the Iliad being published in 20 BC. With the Greeks, they had Homer first then the playwrights, and with the Romans it was the other way around. If I had to say, it’s mostly the historians that are remembered from the Ancient Roman world today. The rest of their culture no one really knows much about.
Want to know something that I “suspect”? That there might be something reminiscent about ahahaha the recent “fascism” of Italy there. Seems kind of obvious doesn’t it? Lots of dull documents to sort through to find out. Germany was the “Holy Roman Empire” until 1806. They try to hide everything from us so we really don’t know, who knows. I’m not going to be reading 1000 ancient documents anytime soon okay? I’m a modern person who doesn’t prefer to do that per se. This is a task a genealogist could take up, that’s all.
Ancient history, does anyone really know what’s going on there. I personally understand how the Greeks are misinterpreted at least 90% of the time. Who am I to say that? That’s just my intuition about what I’ve read of secondary materials. Many of the old Germans were a lot closer than contemporary scholarship.
Looking at the example of the fate of Virgil after the French Revolution that I noted, we might expect “aristocratic” works to be marginalized, who knows what could be under a stone we unturn. I strongly suspect “fascistic” works that were buried. Remember, Montesquieu learned from both Anglo and Roman government and sided with the Anglos – there might be something forgotten that we need today. Our Founders were influenced by Montesquieu. If you want a Caesar, then… No one wants that though do they, everyone loves a “plutocratic-democracy”. This is a hermeneutic of suspicion in itself, that the Greeks invented democracy and we “mysteriously” know more about them than the Romans. If you’ll believe me, I don’t care about being eyetalian, I only care about the ancient world. And how we can learn from it to correct the present. 10,000 things you won’t find in print- Yes, Mussolini is kind of “cool” or “based” in my opinion, and if he’s part of a tradition with ancient texts then I might want to read those. Again, who can you even trust to show you which ones those are, so you have to do it yourself.