254 - 184 BC
Titus Maccius Plautus was one of the most prolific comic dramatists of ancient Rome, but only 21 of his comdies survived.
Plautus' farcial humor and control of the Latin language rank him as Rome's greatest comic playwright. Later playwrights used some of his plays in their own works, like Shakespeare's 'Comedy of Errors' is based on Plautus' play 'Menaechmi'.
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