When we think of ancient theatre today, we tend to think of Greek theatre. Yet the Romans also had a lively and varied set of theatrical traditions, which have had a considerable influence on later drama. This book offers an introduction to these traditions, including the origins of Roman theatre, the extant plays of Plautus, Terence and Seneca, and the many works of comedy, tragedy, mime and pantomime that no longer survive as written texts. The emphasis throughout is on performance, the role of these theatrical works within Roman society, and Roman theatre's legacy.
actors aediles ancient Andronicus Antiphila Atreus audience aulaeum Bacchis brother BUFFOON century BC chorus CHREMES MENEDEMUS CHREMES CHREMES SOSTRATA CHREMES Clinia CLITIPHO CLITIPHO SYRUS CLITIPHO comic crash from tympanum crime crotala dance emperor Ennius ERRONIUS Etruscan fabula father ﬁgures ﬁnd ﬁne ﬁrst century gestures give gods Hysterium iambic inﬂuence Laberius Latin Livius Andronicus look lover Ludi Ludi Romani Lycinus masks Menaechmus MENEDEMUS CHREMES MENEDEMUS metre mime mime performers palliatae Pamphilus pantomime pantomime dancers passage Philematium PHILOLACHES TRAN Plautus and Terence playwrights plot prologue prostitute Pseudolus reﬂect Roman comedy Roman theatre Rome Rome’s scene Seneca Senex sestertii Simo slave spectators stage stock characters SYRUS CHREME SYRUS CLITIPHO SYRUS Tantalus tell Terence’s plays theatrical THEOPROPIDES TRAN there’s things Thyestes tibia tibia player Titus TRAN IO PHILOLACHES TRAN IO THEOPROPIDES TRANIO tympanum verses What’s woman words young