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    DescriptionDrawing on recent archaeological investigations, new scholarship, and the author's own original research and staging experience, this book offers a new and fascinating picture of theatrical performance in the ancient world. Richard Beacham traces the history of the Roman theatre, from its origins in the fourth century B.C. to the demise of formal theatrical activity at the end of antiquity. He characterizes the comedy of Plautus and Terence and the audience to which the Roman playwrights were appealing; describes staging, scenery, costuming, and performance style; and details a variety of theatrical forms, including comedy, tragedy, mime, pantomime, and spectacles.


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    Title
    The Roman Theatre and Its Audience
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard C. Beacham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 279
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 435 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674779143
    ISBN 10: 0674779142
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: AN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.8
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: PER000000
    Ingram Subject Code: PA
    Libri: I-PA
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190, PER011020
    B&T Approval Code: A07200300
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 792/.0937/6
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PA6073 .B44 1992
    DC22: 792.09376
    DC21: 792.09376
    LC classification: PA6073.B44
    Thema V1.0: ATD
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    07 June 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Richard C. Beacham is Professor of Theatre Studies, University of Warwick.
    Review quote
    The Roman Theatre and Its Audience deals not only with every era but with every genre that entertained the sons of Romulus...Beacham charts the transformation of sedate Hellenistic comedy into raucous entertainment suitable for the Roman spectators described by Horace as potus et exlex ('drunk and disorderly'). -- Erich Segal Times Literary Supplement A fine piece of work...[Beacham's] theories about mime, pantomime, and Roman wall painting will stir much discussion, and his book will be valued by all who are interested in the theatre of the ancient world. -- Patricia A. Johnston Classical Philology
    Table of contents
    List of illustrations Preface 1. AN AUDIENCE IN SEARCH OF A THEATRE 2. THE FAMOUS COMIC PLAYWRIGHTS OF ROME 3. EARLY ROMAN STAGES 4. A FUNNY THING: PERFORMING A PLAY BY PLAUTUS 5. TRAGEDY, MIME, AND PANTOMIME 6. LATER STAGES AND STAGINGS POSTLUDE: A THEATRE IN SEARCH OF AN AUDIENCE Notes Bibliography Index