The Power of Theater

Actors and Spectators in Ancient Rome

Interdisciplinary Studies in Performance. Historical Narratives. Theater. Public Life Band 11

Miroslaw Kocur

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This book examines performative practices of the ancient Romans, and provides fresh insights into the contexts of the Roman theater. Today the ancient theater is associated more with Greece than with Rome. However, the Romans went to the theater more often than the Athenians. In fact, the entire Eternal City was a vast stage for numerous performances not just by politicians, leaders, orators, and emperors, but also by common citizens. The author suggests that we look at Rome as a theater, one in which everybody, depending on circumstances, could be a performer. This book reconstructs the art of the Roman spectacle, and – based on detailed analyses of rich and varied source materials – extensively discusses the behavior of audiences and the little-known practices of actors, such as the performers of Atellan farces, pantomimes, and mimes. The reader also gains an insight into the most recent research on the Roman theater.


Mirosław Kocur is Head of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław and Professor at the Academy of Theater Arts. His research focuses on reconstructing the origins of performing practices. He is the author of «On the Origins of Theater» and «The Second Birth of Theatre: Performances of Anglo-Saxon Monks».

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Erscheinungsdatum 15.03.2018
Verlag Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Seitenzahl 438
Maße (L/B/H) 21,6/15,4/2,8 cm
Gewicht 653 g
Übersetzer David Malcolm
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-3-631-67272-3

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  • Ancient Roman theater – Gladiators – Nero as an actor – Audience in ancient Rome – Ancient performer – Actor – Pantomime – Mime – Atellana – Plautus – Terence – Venatio – Festival – Theater of Pompey, Theater of Marcellus – Nobiles – Mask – Costume – Props – Status of ancient actors – Women in the Roman theater – Riots – Triumph