Roman playwright Terence.


(c. 195 BC - c. 159 BC)

Supposedly born in Carthage around 195 bc, the dramatist was brought to Rome as a slave by a senator whose name, Terentius, he assumed after receiving an education and his freedom. The author of six plays, among them The Self-Tormentor and The Eunuch, Terence enjoyed the friendship of various noblemen whom his rivals claimed helped him write his plays. He is best remembered for his line “I am a man, I consider nothing that is human alien to me.”

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Of my friends, I am the only one I have left.

—Terence, 161 BC

So many men, so many opinions.

—Terence, 161 BC

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