Decimus Laberius : the fragments by Costas Panayotakis

By Costas Panayotakis

It is a newly revised, serious 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 overdue Republic, and the fragments of performs attributed to him contain the overpowering majority of the extant facts for what we conventionally name 'the literary Roman mime'. the quantity additionally incorporates a survey of the features and improvement of the Roman mime, either as a literary style and as one of those renowned theatrical leisure, in addition to a re-examination of where of Laberius' paintings inside of its old and literary context. this is often the 1st English translation of all of the fragments, and the 1st certain English observation on them from a linguistic, metrical, and (wherever attainable) theatrical point of view.

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Rm»zein d ì oÉd”teron o²mai sumpos©wi g”nov, t‡v m•n Ëpoq”seiv di‡ t‡ mžkh tän dram†twn kaª t¼ duscoržghton, t‡ d• pa©gnia poll v g”monta bwmoloc©av kaª spermolog©av. It is unlikely that this distinction, which is not attested elsewhere, applied to The mother-in-law (or to any other mime). Plutarch’s passage is extensively discussed by Kehoe Studies –, who is not critical enough of the validity of the information.  The image on the lamp has been clearly reproduced in C. Watzinger Ath. Mitt.

Ad Marc. ).  I N T RO D U C T I O N mime-texts never observed high literary standards. Laberius is mentioned – along with Plautus, Ennius, Accius, Caecilius, Naevius, and Lucretius – in Fronto’s correspondence as a poet Marcus Aurelius is urged to study in order to polish his literary style (Ad M. Caes.  van den Hout ). II O RI GI N S AND CH RONOLOGICAL DEV ELO P MENT OF THE GENRE The exact date of the first appearance of a mime-actor or actress on the stage of a Roman theatre during a festival or in an event that formed part of the entertainment at a private dinner-party is unknown.

W¨ust Mimos .

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