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a slave. LACHES, an old man. PHIDIPPUS,
an old man, father of Philumena. PAMPHILUS, son of Laches, married to Philumena. Sosia, a slave.
PHILOTIS, a courtezan.
a courtezan, loved by Pamphilus.
DERIVATION OF THE NAMES.
Parmeno; napapéuw, abiding with his master.
ARG U MEN T.
Pamphilus, son of Laches and Sostrata, committed violence on Philumena, daughter of Phidippus and Myrrhina, having accidentally met her at night ;-he afterwards married her, not knowing her to be the same. Bacchis, a courtezan, had hitherto engaged his love; consequently he payed little attention to Philumena. Shortly after his marriage, having occasion to go abroad, he left Philumena at home, but, on returning, as it happened, he surprized her on the point of her delivery; on account of which she was residing with her mother, in order to keep the nature of her illness concealed. Pamphilus, thence irritated, and meditating a divorce,-against the will of his parents, who are ignorant of the cause,- learns the fact that he himself was the sole cause of his present jealousy, by finding with Bacchis a ring which he had taken from the finger of Philumena on the night on which he had first met her.
UXOREM duxit Pamphilus Philumenam,
Dederat amica Bacchidi meretriculæ ; 5 Dein profectus in Imbrum est : nuptam haud attigit.
Hanc mater utero gravidam, ne id sciat socrus,
Recipere non vult. pater incusat Bacchidis 10 Amorem, dum se purgat Bacchis, annulum
Mater vitiatæ forte agnoscit Myrrhina.