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NOTES FOR EXAM 2 THEATRE HISTORY: When Greece is conquered by Rome all drama that is noteworthy ends. The Romans gave us roads and laws but nothing dramatic except for the plays of Menander translated into Latin by Plautus and Terrence who were Greek actor/slaves who won their freedom by creating these plays Rome falls in 5 th century A.D. (about 435 A.D.) We enter the so called “Dark Ages” or when there was very little written history about anything never mind theatre. Most experts say that theatre ended or ceased to be meaningful until the 12 th Century with the dramatizing of the Christian Easter Antiphon Quem Queritas?” “Whom do you seek”? I will explain in class in depth Actors are invited into the churches to perform and then are driven out and finally “buried at night”. They are picked up by the Guilds and they perform religious based plays for a secular audience to largely “sell” the Guilds (to be explained) The plays that they do are of three kinds:
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