The Dangers of Theater in Miles Gloriosus

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January 2010

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Classical Association of the Middle West and South


In Plautus’ early play Miles Gloriosus, the clever slave Palaestrio successfully deceives two main blocking characters, the slave Sceledrus and the soldier Pyrgopolynices. Though scholars tend to focus on the deception, I suggest that we need to take a closer look at the reactions of Sceledrus and Pyrgopolynices when they realize that they have been duped.