A COMIC SCENE WITH A STOIC MESSAGE: TERENCE'S EUNUCHUS IN PERSIUS SATIRE 5.161-175

J. C. Zietsman

Abstract


Introduction
The Greekparaclausithyron is the song sung by the lover at his mistress's door as a
part of the revel or komos which followed a symposium and after he had been refused
admission to her house. It is usually a song of disappointment and sorrow, based on a
more or less stereotyped incident: the lover's passage through the streets on his way
to the girl's house after the symposium, her refusal to admit him into the house, and
his lament in which he may combine a plea that the girl will relent, a warning of the
lonely days to come when she will be too old for love, and a picture of his own
sufferings. In the end he may hang his garland on the door or scribble some scraps of
verse on the door. Then he lies down in the doorway to remain there until morning.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/43-0-182

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