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It is a newly revised, severe textual content of the fragments attributed to the Roman knight and mimographer Decimus Laberius, a witty and crudely satirical modern of Cicero and Caesar. Laberius might be the main celebrated comedian playwright of the past due Republic, and the fragments of performs attributed to him include the overpowering majority of the extant facts for what we conventionally name 'the literary Roman mime'. the amount additionally contains a survey of the features and improvement of the Roman mime, either as a literary style and as a kind of renowned theatrical leisure, in addition to a second look of where of Laberius' paintings inside its ancient and literary context. this can be the 1st English translation of the entire fragments, and the 1st exact English remark on them from a linguistic, metrical, and (wherever attainable) theatrical viewpoint.
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Burton, Theocritus’ urban mimes: Mobility, gender, and patronage (Berkeley ); and R. Hunter, Theocritus and the archaeology of Greek poetry (Cambridge ). For the text of Herodas see I. C. Cunningham, Herodae mimiambi (Leipzig ). A. Cameron, Callimachus and his critics (Princeton ) – and Hordern Sophron n. do not rule out the possibility that the works of Herodas and Theocritus were performed at a banquet. G. Mastromarco, The public of Herondas (Amsterdam ) and R.
Dom. ), Commodus (Herod. ), Elagabalus (Herod. –), Gallienus (HA, Gall. ), Carinus (HA, Car. ), Justinian (Chor. Apol. mim. ). In addition to Cicero, who admired word-plays in mime, see Suet. De gramm. (referring to L. Crassicius from Tarentum, probably a contemporary D E F I NI N G TH E ROM A N M I M E A good case-study of this tension is none other than Cicero. He often saw mime-plays, and even more often expressed contempt for them. This scorn frequently appears both in his speeches, in some of which references to mime are used as terms of abuse against his political opponents, and in his correspondence.