The 10 Most Absurd Plots from Ancient Comedy

1. The Two Menaechmuses: The Parent Trap meets Sister, Sister

In this play (which Plautus promises is not a rip-off), two twins are separated by a “freak accident.” That is, their idiot father accidentally misplaces one of them, Menaechmus, at the mall. Don’t you just hate when that happens?! For a quick fix, dad re-names his other kid Menaechmus. Problem solved! Of course this results in all sorts of shenanigans when the two Menaechmuses unwittingly end up in the same town. But then they figure it out, and the original Menaechmus is so happy he casually sells his wife (what?) and goes to live with his bro.

(Plautus, The Two Menaechmuses)