The piece, whose dating thing is not exactly treated the myth of the intercourse of Jupiter in the form of Amphitryon with Amphitruos Alcumena woman ( Alcmene ).
Alcmene commits this ignorant and without personal guilt of adultery, because she sleeps with Jupiter in the guise of Amphitruos while the real Amphitryon is still on a campaign. Jupiter is helped by his son Mercury, who also takes on the form of another, and as Sosia, Amphitruos servant, provides further confusion. The piece shows the traits of a comedy of errors. The conflict is solved by Jupiter machina intervention as a deus ex after Alcumena has brought the hero Hercules to the world.
The substance was later frequently adapted ( among others Rotrou, Moliere, Heinrich von Kleist, Jean Giraudoux and Peter Hacks ).
Arrangements for musical theater
- Out of This World. Musical. Libretto: Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence based on the comedy Amphitryon 38 by Jean Giraudoux and its American adaptation of Samuel Nathaniel Behrman, based on Plautus. Music and song lyrics: Cole Porter. UA December 21, 1950 at the New Century Theatre in New York
- Amphitruo or a long night. Opera in five acts. Libretto: Walter Hoffmann by Plautus, Music: Peter freedom. UA June 18, 1977 in Bernburg