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SALINUS, Duke of Ephesus.
geon and Æmilia, but un
. Dromio of Ephesus, 2 Twin-Brothers, and Slaves to the Dromio of Syracuse, S two Antipholis's. Balthazar, a Merchant. Angelo, a Goldsmith. A Merchant, Friend to Antipholis of Syracuse. Dr. Pinch, a School-master, and a Conjurer.
Æmilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.)
А с т І. SCENE, the Duke's Palace, Enter the Duke of Ephesus, Ægeon, Jailor,
and other Attendants.
ÆGE O N.
more; I am not partial to infringe our laws: The enmity, and discord, which of late
(1) Comedy of ERRORS.] The Controversy of our Author's Acquaintance with the Latine Tongue has been partly canvass?d upon his having writ this Play. “ It is in great Measure taken (fays Mr. Rowe) “ from the Menachmi of Plautus. How That happen'd, I cannot easily
divine; since I do not take him to have been Master of Latine enough " to read it in the Original: and I know of no Translation of Plautus “ so old as his Time”. Thus far, his Acquaintance with the Roman Language is rather disputed, than ascertain'd. Let us fee, What Mr. Gilden has observ'd upon This. “ I confess, with Submission to the Writer “ of his Life, that I can find no such Need of Divination on this Head. “ For as it is beyond Contradiction plain, that this Comedy is taken from “ That of Plautus; so I think it as obvious to conclude from That, that
Sprung from the ranc'rous outrage of
Ægeon. Yet this my comfort, when your words are done,
Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause,