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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
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.        5
Yes, servile marriages more carefully
Are celebrated than a freeman’s there.
 
 
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