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Plautus, Mostellaria 1181

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On his deathbed Beethoven allegedly spoke in Latin the words “Plaudite, amici, finita est comoedia” (described a few years later here). He was alluding to the actors’ exhortation to the audience to applaud, which usually appeared in some form at the end of a Roman comedy. Here’s a line very similar to Beethoven’s:

spectatores, fabula haec est acta, vos plausum date.

Audience, this play has been acted; give us your applause!

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August 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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