A Comedy - Roman Background Info

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When wass Roman Comedy?
C3 BC, Plautus: 254-184 BC
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Although many Roman plays were direct translations of Greek, Greek theatre was not the only ancestor to Roman theatre, what was the other?
Fescennine Verses and Saturae / Atellan plays
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Explain Fescennine Verses
No music or dance/ short/ coarse and rude/ made fun of well known people
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Explain Fescennine Saturae
Small scale/ dancers allowed/ often imported from outside of Rome/ done to appease the Gods/ ward off evil and disease
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Explain Atellan plays
Short/ Cheating and Trickery/ Obscene and complex/ Masks (the first time for the Romans)
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Atellan plays used varying characters. True or False?
False. They used a few popular characters who appeared regularly.
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Adaptations from Greek often changed what?
The plotline/ introduced topical jokes or puns/ altered characters
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How were actors regarded in Rome and how was this different from Greece?
Roman actors wrere not given the same respect as the Grecian actors were.
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Roman plays were more like Soap Operas with...
a complicated plotline and a series of misunderstandings
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What was the main difference between Greek and Roman theatre?
Roman theatre made no attempt at social or political comment as it was not safe to do so.
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Plautus and character names...
Plautus liked long, and potentially amusing names
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Roman theatre was more like a modern _____ than a drama.
Musical
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If an actor entered from stage left it meant?
They were comming from the nearby town/city
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If an actor entered from stage right it meant?
That they were coming from a distant place.
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Wigs color coding.
White = old man, Black = young man, Red = slave.
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Costume colour coding.
White = old man, Purple = Young man, Yellow = woman/prostitute.
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Although many Roman plays were direct translations of Greek, Greek theatre was not the only ancestor to Roman theatre, what was the other?

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