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- DescriptionRoman drama is a genre of Latin literature that was influential both in the cultural life of the ancient Romans and in the European theatre tradition. Plays of Plautus, Terence and Seneca are still very well kwn today; yet there were numerous works by other poets besides, though they survive only in fragmentary form. On the basis of a selection of paradigmatic sample texts by a number of Roman dramatists, this anthology provides a stimulating overview of the entire literary genre, including its various subtypes (tragedy, praetexta, comedy, togata, mime) and its historical development. To make these texts accessible to a wide readership, new English translations (on facing pages) as well as introductions to the individual excerpts and to the general context have been included. A selection of relevant testimonia provides information about the cultural background to Roman drama and ancient views on this literary genre. Paradigmatic extracts from dramas written in England between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries illustrate the continuing influence of Roman plays. Thus this anthology conveniently documents the history of an interesting and exciting literary genre from its beginnings to the modern period.
- Author BiographyGesine Manuwald is Senior Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature, Department of Greek and Latin, University College London.
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication24/05/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintGerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight363 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byGesine Manuwald
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