ADULESCENSASVIRGO A NOTE ON TERENCE'S EUNUCH 908

Z. M. Packman

Abstract


Terence's Eunuchus has been the object of intensive study in a number of recent
publications, among them: Stavros A Frangoulidis, "Performance and improvisation
in Terence's Eunuchus" (1994); Louise Pearson Smith, "Audience response to rape:
Chaerea in Terence's Eunuchus" (1994); Katerina Philippides, "Terence's
Eunuchus: Elements of the marriage ritual in the rape scene" (1995); and Cynthia S
Dessen, "The figure of the eunuch in Terence's Eunuchus" (1995). The purpose of
this note is to call attention to the extraordinary case of the application of a female
character designation, virgo, to a male character, an adulescens, in this drama, and
to the context in which this application occurs; and to suggest that this linguistic
event is relevant to arguments advanced in several of these recent publications.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/42-1-194

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