His name was originally Jean Baptiste Poquelin
is a Latin translation of a lost play byMenander but is not complete. In this sentimental story a younglover, whose father will not let him marry the daughter of a courtesan,discovers that she is a foundling with a respectable father.
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In produced in 186 BC Plautuscreated another comedy of errors as Jupiter and Mercury appearas Amphitryo and his slave Sosia so that Jupiter can enjoy a nightof love with Alcmena. Mercury persuades the slave that he existsin two places, and the husband Amphitryo accuses his wife of adultery;but in the end the light of Jupiter helps Alcmena give birth totwins, and the baby Hercules kills two snakes.
by Plautus was the basisfor Moliere's . Guided by the household god, Eucliohas found the gold buried by his grandfather, because the godwants his kind daughter to have a dowry. However, Euclio is soafraid of losing money he has never had before that he does nottell anyone about it and is constantly worried that someone willfind it. He even agrees to let the elderly bachelor next doorwed his daughter, because he asks no dowry; but Lyconides hasalready slept with the reputed virgin, and his slave finds thetreasure. His master's confession of deflowering Euclio's daughteris misunderstood by the obsessed father as admitting he stolethe gold. Lyconides insists the slave give the gold back. Althoughthe ending of the play is lost, it is likely that the slave getshis freedom and Lyconides a bride with a dowry, because in a fragmentEuclio says that now he can sleep after not having any rest dayor night.