Newman Studies Journal

Volume 9, Issue 2, Fall 2012

Ryan McDermott
Pages 6-12

John Henry Newman and the Oratory School Latin Plays

This essay describes Newman’s adaptations of plays by Plautus (c. 254–184 BC) and Terence (195/185–159 BC) for performance at the Birmingham Oratory School. Because Newman believed in the value of Latin plays for students, he expended a great deal of energy on their adaptation and production while carefully editing the plays to omit any questionable content.