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Slave Theater in the Roman Republic

Plautus and Popular Comedy

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Slave Theater in the Roman Republic by Amy Richlin
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Roman comedy evolved early in the war-torn 200s BCE. Troupes of lower-class and slave actors traveled through a militarized landscape full of displaced persons and the newly enslaved; together, the actors made comedy to address mixed-class, hybrid, multilingual audiences. Surveying the whole of the Plautine corpus, where slaves are central figures, and the extant fragments of early comedy, this book is grounded in the history of slavery and integrates theories of resistant speech, humor, and performance. Part I shows how actors joked about what people feared - natal alienation, beatings, sexual abuse, hard labor, hunger, poverty - and how street-theater forms confronted debt, violence, and war loss. Part II catalogues the onstage expression of what people desired: revenge, honor, free will, legal personhood, family, marriage, sex, food, free speech; a way home, through memory; and manumission, or escape - all complicated by the actors' maleness. Comedy starts with anger.
Release date NZ
December 28th, 2017
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
1 map 4 tables
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
578
Dimensions
152x228x32
ISBN-13
9781107152311
Product ID
26877098

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