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January 30, 2008 Plautus continued o Canticum – A model of high character for all the world I stood, but now at last I realize I’m just no earthly good. (sung by son in Haunted House) Terence o 160s BCE o Freedman o 6 Latin works survive (very influential) o Style 1 st Latin writer to reproduce natural conversation More emphasis on characters Prologues (defense against critics) Part of Western higher education curriculum until 19 th century o Woman from Andros Simo – father Sosia – faithful freedman Davus – slave Pamphilius – son Glycerium – girlfriend Chremes – future father-in-law Crito – Greek visitor Common themes of Comedy o Fathers and sons o Tricky slaves o Youth vs. age o Love with complications Ludi (festivals)
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Unformatted text preview: o Roman theater Temporary buildings at first All classes watch Continuous performance with no breaks Stock characters o Theater buildings Permanent theaters considered a decadent luxury banned by the Senate during the Republic “temporary wooden structures” demolished at the end of the festival for which they were created Could be elaborate (seating 80,000 people) • Pompey (106-48 BCE) “the Great” o Consul o Victorious general o Rival of Julius Caesar o Built 1 st permanent theater in Rome Concrete “monumental stairway to the Temple of Venus” Seated 27,000 Not preserved – shows up on late Roman city plan (carved in marble)...
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