Miles Gloriosus

Definition

Theater

  • A stock character of the Greek New Comedy, a braggartsoldier who proves to be a coward. He appears in later Roman plays,including those by Plautus, and in the Commedia dell'arte asIl Capitano. The Miles Gloriosus also provided the basisfor various characters of Elizabethan and Jacobean comedy, includingShakespeare's Falstaff, Pistol, and Parolles.
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