Ancient Roman Attitudes
Throughout the play Curcilio, I felt a theme of sleaziness and rudeness. The rudeness is portrayed in the first couple of scenes when Palinurus and Phaedromus are unusually rude to one another. As the play progresses we learn that Phaedromus is in love with Planesium, a slave girl belonging to the pimp Cappadox. This proves that the ancient Romans had little if any sense of morals and that what is considered against the law today was perfectly normal in ancient roman times. When Phaedromus sends Curculio to borrow money, I feel as if Phaedromus is being very lazy and although I do not want to generalize, I am sure there were more Ancient Romans that have such an attitude. I have never heard of a “Parasite” before but I can assess that it probably means something close to a slave.
Also in the play, it seems that the ancient Romans were very tricky and deceitful. This is shown when Curculio meets Therapontigonus, who wants to buy Planesium. After Curculio learns of his plans, he steals Therapontigonus’ ring and goes back to Phaedromus. They forge letter and seal it with the ring. Curculio brings it to his banker Lyco, and Lyco thinks it was sent by Therapontigonus. Cappodox receives the money but later, when the trick is revealed, Therapontigonus is mad at them. This not only shows the sneaky and outright wrong dealings that happened but also how people retaliated when these things happened.
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