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 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 incorporates 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 re-assessment of where of Laberius' paintings inside of its ancient and literary context. this can be the 1st English translation of the entire fragments, and the 1st specified English remark on them from a linguistic, metrical, and (wherever attainable) theatrical point of view.
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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. Yet it is not easy to decide what weight should be attributed to Cicero’s opinion as an accurate indicator of the general public’s feelings towards mime, nor should his dismissive remarks be interpreted as indicative of the low literary value of the poemata of Laberius and Publilius.
On Doric comedy, including Sophron’s plays, see Hordern Sophron, and S. D. Olson, Broken laughter: Select fragments of Greek comedy (Oxford ) –. Chor. Apol. mim. : smen d pou kaª tn SÛjronov po©hsin Þv pasa m±moi prosagoreÅetai. kaª toÓto mn pasi gnÛrimon, ke±no d tv tän pollän dilaqen kov. lgetai Pltwna t¼n %r©stwnov toutwnª tän suggrammtwn <∗∗∗> Þv k Sikel©av %qnaze taÓta kom©sai mga ti däron o«»menon gein t i qreyamnhi kaª p»lin k toÅtwn kosme±n Pltwn»v te patr©da kaª pshv mhtra soj©av; and Stephanis Choricius –.
Even in the De sollert. animal. = Mor. Oxy. (‘The MoiceÅtria-mime’), – Page. Change of fortune: Cic. Phil. . Mythological satire: Varro Ant. div. fr. Cardauns; Cyprian Ad Donatum ; Tert. Ad nat. ; Tert. Apol. ; Aug. De civ. ; Arnob. Adv. nat. ; Lactant. Div. instit. ; Hilar. De trinit. . Parody of Christian ceremonies: Panayotakis Baptism. Political satire: Cic. Ad fam. ; Ad Att. ; Suet. –. –; ). Euripides’ IT and Cyclops are parodied in the plot of the Greek Car©tion-mime: see S.