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Terence

Publius Terentius Afer (c. 195/185 – c. 159 BC), better known in English as Terence, was a Roman playwright during the Roman Republic, of Berber descent.

  • Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, brought Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him and later on, impressed by his abilities, freed him.
  • His comedies were performed for the first time around 170–160 BC.
  • Terence apparently died young, probably in Greece or on his way back to Rome.
  • All of the six plays Terence wrote have survived.

One famous quotation by Terence reads: “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto”, or “I am human, and I think that nothing of that which is human is alien to me.” This appeared in his play Heauton Timorumenos.

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