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Which Roman playwright did Shakespeare borrow from?
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  1. Titus Maccius Plautus was a Roman playwright famous for his romantic comedies. He was born in the Italian city of Sarsina around 254 B.C. and died in 184 B.C. Plautus' plays were based on the ancient Greek comedies and included such plot devices as undermined romance with a series of comic twists. Plautus' comedies also were known for the use of certain archetypal characters, such as the conniving servant and boastful solider. Many later playwrights, including Shakespeare, Nicholas Udall, Molière and Ben Johnson, were influenced by Plautus' works. He wrote at least 20 full plays.

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