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Lecture 7: FOREIGN AND NATIVE: ROMAN RELIGION (cont'd) and ROMAN COMEDY

First things first: Roman religion - the mystery cults (from Lect. 6) ; click here

I. The setting of Roman comedy

a. festivals; the festive spirit; Saturnalia (ancient and modern)
b. commercialism; sponsorship; effect on plots; the competition
c. comedy as inversion of reality: clever Greek slaves; braggart soldiers; old and young folks; mistaken identities
d. the theater buildings; Greece (Epidauros); orchestra, skene; Images 1-9
Rome (Theater of Pompey - 1st cent.); scaenae frons; Images10-19

II. The mix of Greek and Roman

a. Greek comedy of the Hellenistic period (after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.); domestic comedy
b. Roman elements
1. satura; musical
2. stock characters (cf. sitcoms)
3. mime

III. Terence (c. 190-159 B.C.) - we'll discuss this next time. Please read The Brothers in the Course Packet and bring the Course Packet to class Feb. 10.

a. Mr. Multicultural (Terentius Afer from Carthage); "I am human and believe that nothing human is alien to me"
b. The Brothers: characters and issues; Micio/Demea -- Aeschinus/Ctesipho; Dr. Spock vs. Tiger Mom; Demea's "conversion"

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