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Roman Theatre . 650B.C.-475A.D. Fall of Rome (Based on unifying of city states and change in leadership). Roman Empire. Background. Plays a retelling of Greek Plays Prologue told entire story for the uneducated audience Often plot explain further for audience within the play

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roman theatre

Roman Theatre

650B.C.-475A.D. Fall of Rome

(Based on unifying of city states and change in leadership)

background
Background
  • Plays a retelling of Greek Plays
  • Prologue told entire story for the uneducated audience
  • Often plot explain further for audience within the play
  • Upper class often spread out throughout the empire and not located in Roman, audience often lower class and barbarians.
significant people
Significant People
  • A. Pompey huge auditorium “temple”
  • B. Caeser-two theatres that revolved into a amphitheatre for chariot races and gladiatorial contests
playwrights
Playwrights
  • Plautus and Terence
    • Comic writers
  • Seneca
    • Tragic writer

Plays appeal to the lowest elements

theatre architecture
Theatre Architecture
  • Added to Greek-three storied wall filled with carvings and statues
  • Awnings over audience and later permanent wooden roofs
  • Front curtain-trough in the floor
terms types of entertainment purpose to keep the general audience happy and occupied
Terms:Types of Entertainment (purpose to keep the general audience happy and occupied)
  • Chariot Races
  • Gladiator Contests
  • Naumachiaes
  • Venationes: Animals in the Arena-lions, elephants, bears, deer, wild goats, dogs, snakes and camels .
arena
Arena
  • Wood floor is no longer present.
  • Floor could be removed and lower area flooded for sea battles!
important terms cont
Important Terms cont.
  • Claque-person paid to arouse audience to clap and shout
significant events
Significant Events
  • Roman’s crude drama replaced Greek plays with translations and adaptions
  • Frowned upon by upper class and Senate-so lower class=entertainment (demanded spectacle and vulgarity)
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Plays performed for holidays which numbered up to 175
  • Fall of Rome-church banned theatre (dormant on continent-in India and the Orient it flourished