What is Terence?

  • (noun): Dramatist of ancient Rome (born in Greece) whose comedies were based on works by Menander (190?-159 BC).
    Synonyms: Publius Terentius Afer


Publius Terentius Afer (195/185–159 BC), better known in English as Terence, was a playwright of the Roman Republic, of North African descent. His comedies were performed for the first time around 170–160 BC. Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, brought Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him and later on, impressed by his abilities, freed him. Terence apparently died young, probably in Greece or on his way back to Rome. All of the six plays Terence wrote have survived.

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Saint Terence
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Terence - Cultural Legacy
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