Roman Comedy:

Plautus’ Curculio

Robert W. Cape, Jr.

CLAS 24/54 Roman History & Civilization
Austin College

  1. Brief introduction to Roman comedy
  2. Images of and relating to Roman theaters
  3. Text of Plautus’ Curculio
  4. Selected Web Resources for Roman Comedy & Curculio

These Web pages provide a brief introduction to Roman comedy and an annotated text of Plautus’ play Curculio, or The Weevil. They are designed to be used in the course CLAS 24/54, Roman History and Civilization, taught at Austin College by Professor Robert W. Cape, Jr. The text of Curculio is that of Paul Nixon, published in the second volume of the works of Plautus for the Loeb Classical Library (London: Heinemann, 1917) pages 186-269 [with Latin text], which is considered to be in the public domain. Nixon’s footnotes have been included and are linked to words in the text. The other notes (in buttons), introductory historical and literary information, Web formatting and placement of links are by Professor Cape (©1998) unless otherwise specified. All information is believed to be in compliance with fair use guidelines, but users are encouraged to contact Professor Cape if they find material used that is still protected under copyright. This version of Plautus’ Curculio is offered for educational purposes only and is not to be sold. Please direct questions and comments to Professor Cape at

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