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Title: Roman Theatre


1
Roman Theatre
2
Heritage
  • Began when Romans tried to adopt Greek Theatre
  • Comedy surpassed Greek predecessors
  • Tragedy not as successful
  • Because of Romans high standards for themselves
    they thought Romans wouldnt behave in a free
    spirited fashionso their plays often portrayed
    Greek settings and dealt with Greek characters so
    as not to offend Roman citizens

3
Theatres
  • Romans wished to control
  • Built everything freestanding
  • Copied Greek idea of large gathering centers
  • Adapted to their own types of entertainment
  • Romans built
  • Large theatre, circus and a forum together

4
Roman Style
  • Dominated architectural design of Europe and
    America for centuries
  • Romans added more realistic scenery to plays
  • Setting usually outdoors
  • Since Roman plays were about Greeks there was
    always an alter on stage
  • Still present today but rarely used

5
A visual tour
6
Theatre of Pompey
7
Arial View
8
Another View
9
Conventions of Roman Theatre
  • More speaking actors than Greeks
  • Chorus not used as often as the Greeks did
  • Actors played one part
  • Masks still used
  • Stock Characters embellished
  • Series of stereotyped characters
  • Used often in comedy
  • Easily identifiable
  • Anticipate behavior - reactions

10
Common Stock Characters
  • Slave
  • Motivating force
  • Young man
  • Girl
  • Braggart
  • Old man
  • Smart slave
  • Dumb slave
  • Parasite or leech

11
Plautus
  • Romes most popular comic playwright
  • Plays had poor structure
  • Were lyrical and poetic
  • Full of gag lines
  • Many playwrights from Shakespeare to Neil Simon
    follow his style of comedy writing
  • A series of misadventures loosely tied together

12
Terence
  • Consummate craftsman
  • Well developed subtle plots
  • Greater suspense
  • More surprises
  • Not as lyrical or poetic

13
Seneca
  • One of the greatest minds and writers in Roman
    history
  • Plays made him great writer of tragedies in Roman
    history
  • Conflicts in his plays mainly man versus himself
  • Plays more fit for readers theatre than stage
    production
  • Long
  • Brilliant monologues
  • Unmotivated entrances

14
Theatres
15
Coliseums
16
Circuses
17
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