Il cuculo e un vecchio donnaiolo: Plauto, Asin. 923


  • Alberto Borghini
  • Mario Seita


The cuckoo and an old ladies’ man: Plaut., Asin. 923

The habit of the gowk of laying its eggs in the nest of others birds providesan opportunity, in a passage of Plautus, to move against an old philanderer,who makes a flirt in home of a meretrix, instead of staying with his elderlywife. The present article provides a semiotic analysis of this interestingpassage.

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