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As três moedas (Trinummus) ("The three pieces of money")


Authors: Plauto • Reina Marisol Troca Pereira (translation, introduction and commentary)
Language: Portuguese
ISBN: 978-989-26-0897-6
Digital ISBN: 978-989-26-0898-3
Publisher: Coimbra University Press / Annablume Editora
Edition: 1st
Date: December 2014
Price: 12,76 €
Size: 190 mm x 120 mm
No.Pages: 122


Trinummus is another fabula paliata by Plautus. Enriched by the art of the Latin author, the result was too tedious and very elitist, compared to what usually characterized the Plautine comic. Through stock characters of fixed social types (e.g. the old, the Young, the slaves), several cultures themes are analized, such as friendship, morality, loyalty, money. Thus, the senex Charmides, whose assets were in danger because of the conduct of his son, Lesbonicus, leaves Athens. Meanwhile, his young son and daughter were trusted to his friend Callicles, as well as his house. Secretly, Callicles told Charmides about the treasure buried in his home. However, Charmides was in a dilemma, between keeping the secret of his friend and avoiding the dissolute house for sale. Therefore, Callicles felt the moral obligation of purchasing it. Lisiteles involuntarily made the situation worse, because of his intention to marry Lesbonicus’ sister. The proposal required a dowry, which constituted a problem to Lesbonicus and to Callicles. This senior, wrongly judged both socially (cf. Megaronides), and privately (cf. Charmides, who had returned from his trip), was finally thanked and praised, when all the facts were acknowledged.