Lecture 7 - Lecture 7: FOREIGN AND NATIVE: ROMAN RELIGION...

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Lecture 7: FOREIGN AND NATIVE: ROMAN RELIGION (cont'd) and ROMAN COMEDY I. The setting of Roman comedy Constant mix of Greek and Roman. Performed during certain festivals, campaigning. People who want to get elected sponsor events with games and entertainment. Similar to sit-coms. No actual theatres. Not literally masterpieces. Writers had to act out their plays as well. a. festivals; the festive spirit; Saturnalia ( ancient and modern ) b. commercialism; sponsorship; effect on plots; the competition comedy turns things upside down, loose (festive spirit) for one day slaves are masters, so are kids. Had to compete with other forms of entertainment. c. comedy as inversion of reality: clever Greek slaves; braggart soldiers; old and young folks; mistaken identities stock characters: mother-in-law etc. (your mom), mistaken identity. . brothers/sisters separated then reunited somehow and marry unknowingly d. the theater buildings; Greece (Epidauros); orchestra, skene ; Rome (Theater of Pompey - 1st cent.); scaenae frons
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Lecture 7 - Lecture 7: FOREIGN AND NATIVE: ROMAN RELIGION...

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