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THEA 2200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: De Spectaculis, List Of Imperial Abbeys, Ludi


Department
Theatre
Course Code
THEA 2200
Professor
Marlis Schweitzer
Lecture
3

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October 5, 2015
Lecture 4: Antitheatrical Sentiment & Medieval Miracles
KEY WORDS
New Comedy
Titus Maccius Plautus (254-184 BCE)
Publius Terentius Afer (aka Terence) (195-185-157 BCE)
ludi
Seneca
circus
antitheatricalism
Tertullian
De spectaculis
Augustine
Confessions
Saxon Imperial Abbey of Gandersheim
OUTLINE
Introduction
-antitheatricalism: People who think negatively about theatre. “Drama
Queen, Stop making a spectacle of yourself.” P against theatre.
1. Theatre and performance in the Greco-Roman world
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a. New comedy and Hellenization
-Athens met defeat in 404BC concurred by Sparta
-New comedy in distinction to old comedy. New comedy is not
political
-turns to domestic experience turns to young male and conflict with
wise father over a girl (usually pursued by boy)
-accompanied by music, lot of slapstick, physical comedy, watch one
you’ve seen them all
-Greek culture speaks thanks to Alexander the Great who concurred
a lot of land!
-Alax was taught by Aristotle, so he had an appreciation of theatre
and its socio and political effects. So he took it with him when
he concurred around.
-Hellenification: Alex bringing Greek culture with him around the
world.
b. Plautus and Terence
-Greek influence the Romans
-After alex death the Romans took over
-Plautus: 254-184 BCE
-Terrence 195-157 BCE
-Thetare was not conceded as important in Roman then Greek.
Competed with a lot of other forms of entertainment
-Ludi Romani: Festival where theatre was first presents. honouring
the Gods. Chariot riding, boxing, sports… 240 BC
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