Latin expression explained (5): vis comica.

Latin expression explained (5): vis comica.

This nominal phrase is taken from an epigram (a short inscription, or small text in verse) attributed to Caesar. The great figure was criticizing the lack of comedy in the Latin poet Terence (2nd century BC).

Thus, vis comica means the comic force of an author. However, the chosen translation of Caesar’s epigram may not be entirely accurate, but the expression has remained unchanged.

Molière’s vis comica is unique.

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