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Mixture of Greek and Roman Manners

By Plautus (c. 254–184 B.C.)

From Prologue to ‘Casina’: Translation of William Cranston Lawton

SOME here, methinks, will say among themselves,

“Prithee, what’s this? A wedding among slaves?

A strange thing this to play, that’s nowhere done!”

I say, in Carthage this is done, and Greece,

And of our country, in Apulia too.

Yes, servile marriages more carefully

Are celebrated than a freeman’s there.