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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.
- Spring '08