Actors in the Audience: Theatricality and Doublespeak from Nero to Hadrianby Shadi Bartsch
Pub. Date: 07/28/1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
This is a book about language, theatricality, and empire--about how the Roman emperor dramatized his rule and how his subordinates in turn staged their response. Informed by theories of dramaturgy, sociology, new historicism, and cultural criticism, this close reading of literary and historical texts gives us a new perspective on the politics of the Roman empire--and on the languages and representation of power.
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