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TERENCE AFER (around 195 B.C. to 159 B.C.) died at sea, or murdered in Greece, was born in Carthage (Northern Africa).
Terence was a North African who came to Rome where he wrote influential comedies in the Fabula Palliata form. He was brought from northern Africa to Rome as a slave, by Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator. He was then freed, and named ‘Terence’ after his patron, and ‘Afer’ after his place of birth. Terence, who was a member of the Scipionic circle (the literary group that formed around Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus), became a Roman playwright basing his comedy on the Greek New Comedy of Menander. Terence Afer plays include:
* Andria - 166 B.C. * Hecyra (The Mother-in-Law) - 165 B.C. * Heauton timoroumenos (The Self-Tormentor) - 163 B.C. * Eunuchus (The Eunuch) - 161 B.C. * Phormio - 161 B.C * Adelphi (The Brothers) - 160 B.C.
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