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This suggests that the remainder of Plautus' extant plays were derived from the works of New Comedy playwrights, even though there is some evidence that one or two of Plautus' comedies are based on models from Greek Middle Comedy. In particular, Plautus' Poenulus ("The Little Carthaginian") and Amphitryo (a parody of the Greek myths surrounding Hercules and his mortal father Amphitryo) seem to have Middle Comedy forebears. As yet, there is no credible evidence that any of Plautus' plays were derived from Old Comedy, despite the affinity of style Aristophanes and Plautus share.

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