Roman Theatre

Roman Theatre - • Roman Dramatists o Plautus • Dealt...

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Hellenistic Age o 336-146 BC Rise of the Actor o Status - seen as important in society, still looked upon as nomadic o Creation of guilds which encompassed many actors Stage o Higher, 8-13 feet o Wider, 140 feet o Deeper, 6-14 feet Tragedy - Aristotle o Three classical values Unity of time Unity of place Unity of action o Imitates an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude o Takes the form of action, not narrative o Produces pity and fear and the catharsis of such emotions Old comedy/New comedy o Fantastical and improbable situations Not restricted to one place, takes place over an extended time Makes fun of society, politics, or culture Aristophanes Introduced stock characters Comedies of manners and intrigue Concerned with the family Meander The development of Roman Theater o Greek Art Architect Philosophy High-minded tragedy Roman Engineering Military Comedy and other popular entertainments Roman Drama o Etruscans - improvised song and dance o Atellan farce - broad coarse popular comedy
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Unformatted text preview: • Roman Dramatists o Plautus • Dealt with the trials and tribulations of romance • His comedies may have resembled modern musical comedies because it is believed that a good portion of the dialogue was sung o Terrance • Characterization • Subtlety of expression • Elegant language o Seneca • Closet dramas • Nine plays by Seneca The Trojan Woman Medea Oedipus Phaedra Thyestes Hercules The Mad Hercules The Phoenician Women Agamemnon • Only surviving examples of Roman tragedy All based on Greek myths • Decline of Roman Theater o Constantine - divided the empire between the two capitals of Rome and Constantinople o Christianity - saw the theater as perverse and against God o Disintegration of Roman civilization • Roman playwrights contributed… o Got rid of the chorus o Added music o Emphasized dramatic devices such as eavesdropping and identical twins for comic effect...
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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