(L. name Publius Terentius Afer) 195?-159? b.c.; Rom. writer of comedies.
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Carthaginian-born Roman playwright. His plays, including Phormio and Adelphi, are largely based on Greek comedies and feature fine dialogue and subtle humor.
Terence Sentence Examples
The plots of Plautus also are more varied than those of Terence.
He is also appealed to, with Plautus and Ennius, as a master of his art in one of the prologues of Terence.
The titles of most of them, like those of Plautus, and unlike those of Caecilius and Terence, are Latin, not Greek.
As a dramatist he worked more in the spirit of Plautus than of Ennius, Pacuvius, Accius or Terence; but the great Umbrian humorist is separated from his older contemporary, not only by his breadth of comic power, but by his general attitude of moral and political indifference.
Virgil, Statius, Terence, Juvenal, Horace, Persius and Lucan are specially named as entering into a course of training which was rendered more stimulating by a free use of open discussion.