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The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120449

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  • A comprehensive survey of Roman theatrical production, this book examines all aspects of Roman performance practice, and provides fresh insights on the comedies of Plautus and Terence. Following an introductory chapter on the experience of Roman comedy from the perspective of Roman actors and the Roman audience, addressing among other things the economic concerns of putting on a play in the Roman republic, subsequent chapters provide detailed studies of troupe size and the implications for role assignment, masks, stage action, music, and improvisation in the plays of Plautus and Terence. Marshall argues that Roman comedy was raw comedy, much more rough-and-ready than its Hellenistic precursors, but still fully conscious of its literary past. The consequences of this lead to fresh conclusions concerning the dramatic structure of Roman comedy, and a clearer understanding of the relationship between the plays-as-text and the role of improvisation during performance.

    • Incorporates developments in Plautine scholarship with traditional understandings of Roman performance
    • Offers a FRESH understanding of the structure of Roman comedy
    • Combines the author's practical experience directing ancient theatre with his Classicist training
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    "This is not just a history of Roman theater, but a refreshing perspective from which one can reconstruct the circumstances of performance in the Roman world. This book deserves a place alongside histories of the Roman theater."
    Eleni Bozia, Text & Presentation, 2007; The Comparative Drama Series, 4

    2007 Outstanding Academic Title -- Choice Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120449
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. The experience of Roman comedy
    2. Actors and roles
    3. Masks
    4. Stage action
    5. Music and metre
    6. Improvisation
    Appendix conspectus metrorum Plautinorum
    References
    Indexes.

  • Author

    C. W. Marshall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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