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Title: Roman Theatre


1
Roman Theatre
  • The Decline of
  • the Golden Age

2
211 A.D. Theatre in Corinth becomes a hunting
theatre
Theatre is persecuted by the church
335 B.C. The Poetics written
60-68 A.D. Emperor Nero Appears onstage
313 A.D.The Edict of Milan
What went on here?.
0 AD
510
476
400
100
200
300
400
300
200
100
A.D
B.C.
393 A.D. Theodosius outlaws all non-Christian
forms of Worship
54 A.D. First Roman Theatre Built
365 B.C. First Roman Theatre Built
140 A.D. Theatre in Ephesus remodeled to allow
for gladiators and bear baiting
240 B.C. Rome becomes familiar w/ Greek Theatre
509 B.C. Rome becomes a republic
476 A. D.The Fall of Rome
3
The Rise of Roman Theatre
  • Borrowed Ideas from the Greeks
  • Valued entertainment over philosophy
  • Added their own special touch
  • Dancers, Jugglers, Gladiators, Chariot races
  • Naumachia Water Battles
  • Venationes Animal fights

4
Naumachia
5
Venationes
6
Types of Roman Theatre
  • Drama
  • Interpreted Greek Dramas for Roman Audiences
  • Pantomime
  • Masked performances to Music
  • Mime
  • Short, elaborate, spoken performances
  • REALISTIC

7
Roman Comedy
  • The Most Popular form of Roman Theatre
  • No Chorus
  • No Acts or Scenes
  • About daily domestic matters
  • Took place in the street

8
Roman Tragedy
  • Only One Playwrights work survives Seneca
  • Five episodes / acts divided by choral odes
  • Interest in morality expressed in sententiae
  • Violence and horror onstage
  • Characters dominated by a single passion
    obsessive (such as revenge) drives them to doom
  • Technical devices Soliloquies,asides,
    confidants

9
The Structure of the Roman Theatre
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