185 BC - 159 BC

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Publius Terentius Afer (; c. 195/185 – c. 159? BC), better known in English as Terence (), was a playwright during the Roman Republic. He was the author of six comedies based on Greek originals by Menander or Apollodorus of Carystus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Terence has received more than 942,937 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Terence is the 216th most popular writer (down from 192nd in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Tunisia and the most popular Tunisian Writer.

Terence is most famous for his comedies. He is also known for his translations of Greek plays.

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Notable Works

The sleeping prince
This book is based on an international project conducted by the Institute for European Studies of the University CEU San Pablo in Madrid and a seminar on Vitoria and International Law which took place on July 2nd 2015 in the convent of San Esteban, the place where Vitoria spent his most productive years as Chair of Theology at the University of Salamanca. It argues that Vitoria not only lived at a time bridging the Middle Ages and Modernity, but also that his thoughts went beyond the times he lived in, giving us inspiration for meeting current challenges that could also be described as “modern” or even post-modern. There has been renewed interest in Francisco de Vitoria in the last few years, and he is now at the centre of a debate on such central international topics as political modernity, colonialism, the discovery of the “Other” and the legitimation of military interventions. All these subjects include Vitoria’s contributions to the formation of the idea of modernity and modern international law. The book explores two concepts of modernity: one referring to the post-medieval ages and the other to our times. It discusses the connections between the challenges that the New World posed for XVIth century thinkers and those that we are currently facing, for example those related to the cyberworld. It also addresses the idea of international law and the legitimation of the use of force, two concepts that are at the core of Vitoria’s texts, in the context of “modern” problems related to a multipolar world and the war against terrorism. This is not a historical book on Vitoria, but a very current one that argues the value of Vitoria’s reflections for contemporary issues of international law.
The Winslow boy
Comoediae sex
Latin drama (Comedy)
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Among writers, Terence ranks 216 out of 7,302Before him are Anacreon, Johanna Spyri, Sigrid Undset, Maurice Leblanc, Carlo Goldoni, and Diogenes Laërtius. After him are Quintilian, Pierre Corneille, Tomas Tranströmer, Ferdowsi, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and J. K. Rowling.

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Among people born in 185 BC, Terence ranks 1After him are Cleopatra II of Egypt, Scipio Aemilianus, Panaetius, and Andriscus. Among people deceased in 159 BC, Terence ranks 1After him are Eumenes II, Artaxias I, Pharnaces I of Pontus, Sauromaces I of Iberia, and Kātyāyana.

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In Tunisia

Among people born in Tunisia, Terence ranks 5 out of 210Before him are Hannibal (-183), Ibn Khaldun (1332), Claudia Cardinale (1938), and Tertullian (155). After him are Cyprian (200), Habib Bourguiba (1903), Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936), Gordian II (190), Hamilcar Barca (-275), Masinissa (-238), and Mago Barca (-243).

Among WRITERS In Tunisia

Among writers born in Tunisia, Terence ranks 1After him are Avienus (305), Albert Memmi (1920), Dracontius (455), Gisèle Halimi (1927), Nemesianus (300), Aboul-Qacem Echebbi (1909), and Ahlam Mosteghanemi (1953).