The Theater Of Plautus

The Theater of Plautus
Publisher University of Texas Press
Release Date
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 275
ISBN 9780292788060
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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The relationship between actors and spectators has been of perennial interest to playwrights. The Roman playwright Plautus (ca. 200 BCE) was particularly adept at manipulating this relationship. Plautus allowed his actors to acknowledge freely the illusion in which they were taking part, to elicit laughter through humorous asides and monologues, and simultaneously to flatter and tease the spectators. These metatheatrical techniques are the focus of Timothy J. Moore's innovative study of the comedies of Plautus. The first part of the book examines Plautus' techniques in detail, while the second part explores how he used them in the plays Pseudolus, Amphitruo, Curculio, Truculentus, Casina, and Captivi. Moore shows that Plautus employed these dramatic devices not only to entertain his audience but also to satirize aspects of Roman society, such as shady business practices and extravagant spending on prostitutes, and to challenge his spectators' preconceptions about such issues as marriage and slavery. These findings forge new links between Roman comedy and the social and historical context of its performance.

The Theater of Plautus
  • Author : Timothy J. Moore
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2010-07-05

The relationship between actors and spectators has been of perennial interest to playwrights. The Roman playwright Plautus (ca. 200 BCE) was particularly adept at manipulating this relationship. Plautus allowed his actors to acknowledge freely the illusion in which they were taking part, to elicit laughter through humorous asides and monologues, and

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Plautus in Performance
  • Author : Niall W. Slater
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2000

Plautus was Ancient Rome's greatest comic playwright, Shakespeare drew heavily on his plots, and his legacy is prevalent throughout modern drama. In this expanded edition of his successful book, one of America's foremost Classical scholars introduces performance criticism to the study of Plautus' ancient drama. In addition to the original

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Plautus in Performance
  • Author : Niall W. Slater
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-12-19

Plautus was Ancient Rome's greatest comic playwright, Shakespeare drew heavily on his plots, and his legacy is prevalent throughout modern drama. In this expanded edition of his successful book, one of America's foremost Classical scholars introduces performance criticism to the study of Plautus' ancient drama. In addition to the original

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Music in Roman Comedy
  • Author : Timothy J. Moore
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-04-19

Offers a new explanation of how the plays of Plautus and Terence worked as musical theatre.

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A Companion to Plautus
  • Author : Dorota Dutsch,George Fredric Franko
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2020-02-25

An important addition to contemporary scholarship on Plautus and Plautine comedy, provides new essays and fresh insights from leading scholars A Companion to Plautus is a collection of original essays on the celebrated Old Latin period playwright. A brilliant comic poet, Plautus moved beyond writing Latin versions of Greek plays

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Slave Theater in the Roman Republic
  • Author : Amy Richlin
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-12-28

Brings the voices of Roman slaves in early comedy to the history of theater and the history of slavery.

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Plautus in Performance
  • Author : Niall W. Slater
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1985

The Description for this book, Plautus in Performance: The Theatre of the Mind, will be forthcoming.

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Roman Theatre
  • Author : Timothy J. Moore
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-05-03

An exciting series that provides students with direct access to the ancient world by offering new translations of extracts from its key texts.

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Roman Comedy
  • Author : David Konstan
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-06

This book explores the social institutions, the prevailing social values, and the ideology of the ancient city-state as revealed in Roman Comedy. "The very essence of comedy is social," writes David Konstan, "and in the complex movement of its plots we may be able to discern the lineaments and contradictions

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Theater and Society in the Classical World
  • Author : Professor of Latin and Greek Ruth Scodel,Ruth Scodel
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1993

Examines the wide scope of classical drama

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The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy
  • Author : Michael Fontaine,Adele C. Scafuro
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-04

The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction to and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From its birth in Greece to its end in Rome, from its Hellenistic to its Imperial receptions, no topic is neglected. The 41 essays offer cutting-edge guides

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A Companion to Plautus
  • Author : Dorota Dutsch,George Fredric Franko
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2020-03-24

An important addition to contemporary scholarship on Plautus and Plautine comedy, provides new essays and fresh insights from leading scholars A Companion to Plautus is a collection of original essays on the celebrated Old Latin period playwright. A brilliant comic poet, Plautus moved beyond writing Latin versions of Greek plays

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The Roman Theatre and Its Audience
  • Author : Richard C. Beacham
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 1991

Provides a general account of the Roman theater and its audience, and records some of the results of the author's experiments in constructing a full-scale replica stage based upon the wall paintings at Pompeii and Herculaneum, and producing Roman plays upon it.

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The Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy
  • Author : Martin T. Dinter
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-04-04

Provides a comprehensive critical engagement with Roman comedy and its reception presented by leading international scholars in accessible and up-to-date chapters.

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Plautus and the English Renaissance of Comedy
  • Author : Richard F. Hardin
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2017-11-08

This book shows the impact of the 1428 rediscovery of Plautus’s plays on the theory and composition of comedy, and sets Plautus’s reception apart from that of the quite different dramatist Terence. The latter half takes up the Plautine traits that appear in the practice of English comic dramatists

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