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STUDY OF THE PLAUTINE SOURCES OF TWO CHARACTERS IN BEN JONSON'S "THE ALCHEMIST": FACE AS 'SERVUS CALLIDUS' AND SIR EPICURE MAMMON AS 'MILES GLORIOSUS.'

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1975
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In preparation for developing the original thesis problem, the relationship between Plautus's clever slave and Ben Jonson's Face and Plautus's braggart soldier and Ben Jonson's Sir Epicure Mammon, this study reviews previous criticism based on the relationship of Jonson to classical sources. Chapter I establishes that a firm belief in the necessity and efficacy of right reason is basic to the satiric comedy and hence the characterization of both Plautus and Ben Jonson, and it defines the roles of the servus and the miles and indicates the form the thesis will take by comparing and contrasting Pyrgopolynices and Bobadil. Chapter II concentrates on the Latin sources, examining the prototype servus and miles in the Mostellaria and Miles Gloriosus of Plautus in order to establish types and definitions. Chapter III studies Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, indicating that Sir Epicure Mammon is actually in the miles tradition, that Face is a successful servus callidus and that Doll Common is a development of the Roman meretrix. The thesis concludes that the recognition of these prototypes and the apprehension of increased character development in Jonson enhances an appreciation of The Alchemist.
Title: A STUDY OF THE PLAUTINE SOURCES OF TWO CHARACTERS IN BEN JONSON'S "THE ALCHEMIST": FACE AS 'SERVUS CALLIDUS' AND SIR EPICURE MAMMON AS 'MILES GLORIOSUS.'.
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Name(s): TIMONEY, ROSEMARY CLAIRE.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Collins, Robert A., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1975
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 61 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: In preparation for developing the original thesis problem, the relationship between Plautus's clever slave and Ben Jonson's Face and Plautus's braggart soldier and Ben Jonson's Sir Epicure Mammon, this study reviews previous criticism based on the relationship of Jonson to classical sources. Chapter I establishes that a firm belief in the necessity and efficacy of right reason is basic to the satiric comedy and hence the characterization of both Plautus and Ben Jonson, and it defines the roles of the servus and the miles and indicates the form the thesis will take by comparing and contrasting Pyrgopolynices and Bobadil. Chapter II concentrates on the Latin sources, examining the prototype servus and miles in the Mostellaria and Miles Gloriosus of Plautus in order to establish types and definitions. Chapter III studies Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, indicating that Sir Epicure Mammon is actually in the miles tradition, that Face is a successful servus callidus and that Doll Common is a development of the Roman meretrix. The thesis concludes that the recognition of these prototypes and the apprehension of increased character development in Jonson enhances an appreciation of The Alchemist.
Identifier: 13710 (digitool), FADT13710 (IID), fau:10542 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1975.
Subject(s): Jonson, Ben,--1573?-1637--Characters
Jonson, Ben,--1573?-1637--Sources
Jonson, Ben,--1573?-1637--Alchemist
Plautus, Titus Maccius--Characters
Plautus, Titus Maccius--Miles gloriosus
Plautus, Titus Maccius--Mostellaria
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