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Plautus’s Epitaph on Himself

By Plautus (c. 254–184 B.C.)

  • Translation of William Cranston Lawton
  • [Lastly, we may echo the epitaph, in rather awkward hexameters, which is said to have been composed by Plautus on himself. Gellius, who transmits it, evidently doubts its authenticity, but cites it on the high authority of Varro:—]

  • SINCE he has passed to the grave, for Plautus Comedy sorrows;

    Now is the stage deserted; and Play, and Jesting, and Laughter,

    Dirges, though written in numbers yet numberless, join in lamenting.