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Gold Publishes Article on Plautus’ Stock Characters


Barbara Gold
Barbara Gold

Barbara Gold, the Edward North Professor of Classics Emerita, recently published an article titled “The Wife in Charge, the Husband Humiliated: Stock Characters in Evolution” in A Companion to Plautus. The edited volume from Wiley Blackwell is part of the Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World series.

In her article, Gold explored the shape-shifting characters in the works of Plautus, focusing on the Roman playwright’s late career comedy Casina.

“Casina,” Gold wrote of the title character, “is an impossible hybrid: a male actor playing a female character who never appears, but who is brought to life only by a male character…who cross-dresses in wedding garb to channel the missing Casina.”

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