Hecyra: The Mother-In-Law

TERENCE (c.195 BC - 159 BC), translated by Henry Thomas RILEY (1816 - 1878)

Terence's six plays are comedies written while he was a slave to a Roman senator. NOTE: the main plot elements in Hecyra are quite unacceptable today: Pamphilus has just married a woman he does not recognize that he had earlier raped in a drunken fit; nor does she recognize him. His mistress Bacchis is upset with the marriage and rejects him. He then wanders off, returning only in time to discover his wife with a new child that can't possibly be his. It takes both Mother and Mother-in-Law, and Bacchis, to bring a happy ending out of this confusion. - Summary by ToddHW

Cast list:
Laches, an aged Athenian, father of Pamphilus: ToddHW
Phidippus, an aged Athenian, father of Philumena: alanmapstone
Pamphilus, son of Laches: Tomas Peter
Sosia, servant of Pamphilus: Nemo
Parmeno, servant of Sostrata: Eva Davis
Sostrata, wife of Laches: Beth Thomas
Myrrhina, wife of Phidippus: TJ Burns
Bacchis, a Courtesan: Sonia
Philotis, a Courtesan: Devorah Allen
Syra, a Procuress: Availle
Stage directions: Leanne Yau
Edited by: ToddHW


Genre(s): Classics (Greek & Latin Antiquity), Plays

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Act 1 Group 00:15:41
Play 02 Act 2 Group 00:10:24
Play 03 Act 3 Group 00:24:03
Play 04 Act 4 Group 00:31:54
Play 05 Act 5 Group 00:09:02