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Roman Drama: A Reader by Gesine Manuwald

Roman Drama: A Reader

by Gesine Manuwald (Editor)

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Roman drama is a genre of Roman literature that was important both in the cultural life of the ancient Romans and in the European theatre tradition. But apart from the well-known plays of Plautus, Terence and Seneca the works of other poets have been transmitted only in fragments. 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 facing English translations as well as introductions to the individual excerpts and to the general context have been included. Selected testimonia provide information about the cultural background to Roman drama and ancient views on this literary genre. A few extracts from dramas written in England between the 16th and 20th 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.

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