Publius Terentius Afer (c. 195/185 – c. 159 BC), better known in English as Terence, was a Roman playwright during the Roman Republic, of Berber descent.
- Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, brought Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him and later on, impressed by his abilities, freed him.
- His comedies were performed for the first time around 170–160 BC.
- Terence apparently died young, probably in Greece or on his way back to Rome.
- All of the six plays Terence wrote have survived.
One famous quotation by Terence reads: “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto”, or “I am human, and I think that nothing of that which is human is alien to me.” This appeared in his play Heauton Timorumenos.
Words of Wisdom
That is to be wise to see not merely what which lies before your feet, but to foresee even those things which are in the womb of futurity.