CLAC11H3 WEEK 10 NOTES - roman comedy.docx

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Classical Studies
Emilia Barbeiro

Roman comedy Next class: games of venus: tobalus, sherpisa : tebulis : end of book Romans comedy  Medival period  Rome was in touch with hellenic culture  Magna graecia: greater Greece : rd  Roman are in contact with greek culture and art before they got in touch with them ( 3 century bc)  Before 240 bc : there were poems but oral : song culture : associated with religion, traces remain in early roman literature  The native land word for poet : vates : latinpoets use including Horace :  Textual literature : applies to meter, genre, 240 bc. Livy : translates a greek play into latin, odyssey : first translatin : and livy is greek  Difference of exception of literature in greek and rome : Greece: o Rome: conscious modeling on previous texts, more delifbaetate and amore consice form the very beginning  The majority of what we have is mostly drama:  Early greek poets translate greek tragedy : for entertainement  Fragment ofs roman tragedy survive :  COMEDY: translation survived but models did not o Papiyr: papyrus : first evidence of greek comedy  Social context and function of roman comedy o Perfroemd at civic religious festivals: leude( plural) o Ludi ; occurred thorugh out calendar year: o Scaenici: stage : seen o Comedy performed all translation : fabula palliate ( story in greek dress : greek story  All the chracters are Greece,but speaking in latrin o Middle republican period: o Satrnalian inversion: eric seagul: o Technical detaila; plays near temples: there was no permanent theatre until 55 bc. ( late republican period) – were constructed temporarily then taken down  Theatre: encouraged idealness, sloth and satruanal inversion : we don’t have to do what we have to do  Rome pays for the Performance: builts the theatre  Audience was disputed: evidence for repreformance : game lasted 4 days: so the audience could be much greater :  Audience represented : women, slaves, o Music is incorporates in to the plays : produces played were performend : (wateched and read) o Prodcues: dirty and violent: o Difference: breaking of the 4 wall : a lot of time chracters talk to the audience : heroes: who have power (the slave in polintine comedy), can tlak to the audience: thus less comic heros: can’t  Plautus: o Bibliographic muddle and confused o All romans have 3 names ( aristocratic romans) o Theatrical performance were distinguished by maks, clothes, and shoes, : soccus : o He was an actor: name not taken seriously : not born in rome: latin not native tongue o Native language : not latin, not greek , take plays in greek and in latin : then make puns : so brilliant : the word smith : make s puns in latin that makes in puns on greek words o 3 – 2 : audience can talk in greek and latin o Era: roman audience : were unlearned : then learn about :  Menoclus: o O
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