1st Edition

The Roman Stage A Short History of Latin Drama in the Time of the Republic

By W. Beare Copyright 1964
    430 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Roman Stage (1964) gives a connected account of the drama of ancient Rome in its historical setting. Using original source material, whole plays as well as fragments, of tragedies, comedies and farces, it traces the development of theatre in Rome, and notes the historical importance of these plays – the Elizabeth world looked back with reverence on the days ‘when Roscius was an actor in Rome’ (Hamlet). It also examines the physical conditions of drama in Rome – the types of theatres, and their place in the lives of the Roman inhabitants.

    1. The Aim, the Method and the Problems  2. The Italian Origins of Latin Drama  3. Livius Andranicus and the Coming of Literary Drama to Rome  4. Naevius  5. Plautus: Life and List of Plays  6. Greek New Comedy  7. The Famous Plays of Plautus  8. Plautus: Treatment of His Originals  9. The General Character of Roman Tragedy  10. Pacuvius  11. Comedy After the Death of Plautus  12. Terence  13. The Other Composers of Palliatae  14. Accius  15. Native Comedy: The Fabula Togata  16. Popular Farce: The Fabula Atellana  17. The Literary Atellana  18. The Mime  19. The Latin Prologues and Their Value As Evidence for Theatrical Conditions  20. The Organisation of the Roman Theatre  21. Seats in the Roman Theatre  22. The Spectators  23. The Stage and the Actors’ House  24. Costumes and Masks  25. The Roman Origin of the Law of Five Acts  26. Music and Metre  27. Epilogue: Drama Under the Empire


    W. Beare