Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
*Tarentum (tah-rehn-tahm). Roman port in southern Italy. In the prologue, Plautus uses cargo ships to move his characters from Syracuse to Tarentum to Epidamnus. It is to Tarentum that Moschus takes Menaechmus along with a shipload of merchandise. When the boy is lost, the father dies of grief and is buried in Tarentum. Plautus thus removes the scene of tragedy from both the family’s hometown and from the scene of the comedy in Epidamnus.
*Syracuse. Sicilian port city that is home of the merchant Moschus and his wife, to whom the Menaechmi are born. It is also of the grandfather who renames the remaining brother Menaechmus in honor of the one that is lost. That the brothers leave for Syracuse after they are reunited speaks to the tenuous hold that Roman society had on the hearts of its subjects, and the strong sense of place identified as home.