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Unformatted text preview: 12/11/2008 13:22:00 I. Spectacles Three major kinds of building: o Theater- seats/stands and a stage o Amphitheater- circular seating around stage o Circus- ellipse, racing, circus maximus II. Theater 3 kinds of productions: o atellana: farce 4 set characters, old man, wise man, glutton, and another sillier shows o Mimus: also a farce A mime, lots of slapstick, dirty language, immoral, obscene, nudity Used for allusions to public affairs, comments on daily life (same with Atellana) o Pantomimus: dance Dramatic solo dance One actor might dance out the whole fall of troy, maybe a chorus in the background chanting Most popular shows, very intense fans, fights between fan groups Idolized by the people III. Amphitheater First purpose built in 80 BC in wood by Julius Caesar The coliseum could hold 50-70,000 people Mostly dedicated to killing, people going there to see death on a huge scale, sometimes famous battles would be reenacted, floor littered with bodies at the end...
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