Theater Of Plautus / Edition 1

Theater Of Plautus / Edition 1

by Timothy J. Moore
     
 

The relationship between actors and spectators has been of perennial interest to playwrights. The Roman playwright Plautus (ca. 200 BCE) was particularly adept at manipulating this relationship. Plautus allowed his actors to acknowledge freely the illusion in which they were taking part, to elicit laughter through humorous asides and monologues, and simultaneously

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The relationship between actors and spectators has been of perennial interest to playwrights. The Roman playwright Plautus (ca. 200 BCE) was particularly adept at manipulating this relationship. Plautus allowed his actors to acknowledge freely the illusion in which they were taking part, to elicit laughter through humorous asides and monologues, and simultaneously to flatter and tease the spectators.

These metatheatrical techniques are the focus of Timothy J. Moore's innovative study of the comedies of Plautus. The first part of the book examines Plautus' techniques in detail, while the second part explores how he used them in the plays Pseudolus, Amphitruo, Curculio, Truculentus, Casina, and Captivi. Moore shows that Plautus employed these dramatic devices not only to entertain his audience but also to satirize aspects of Roman society, such as shady business practices and extravagant spending on prostitutes, and to challenge his spectators' preconceptions about such issues as marriage and slavery. These findings forge new links between Roman comedy and the social and historical context of its performance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292752177
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Edition description:
1ST UNIVER
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Actors and Spectators8
2Characters and Spectators24
3Greece or Rome?50
4Metatheater and Morality67
5Audience and Occasion: Pseudolus92
6Gods and Mortals: Amphitruo108
7Bankers and Pimps: Curculio126
8Prostitutes and Lovers: Truculentus140
9Husbands and Wives: Casina158
10Slaves and Masters: Captivi181
Conclusion197
Notes203
Works Cited231
Abbreviations231
Index of Passages Cited253
Index259

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