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Plautus and Terence in Performance

Bexley, E.M.

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M. Fontaine

A. Scafuro


This chapter examines the stagecraft and performance of Plautus's and Terence's comedies. The first section gives an overview of the production process, discussing ancient rehearsal practices, possible performance locations, and the structural characteristics of Roman theater buildings. To complement this historical background, the chapter's second section concentrates on four individual scenes and describes various ways in which they could be staged. For Pseudolus 129-229 and Menaechmi 1050-1162, the major performance issues are role division, stage properties, and the size of acting troupes; Eunuchus 46-206 demonstrates clearly the dramatic effects of impersonation; and Hecyra 623-726 calls for the creative enactment of one character's asides. Throughout, these discussions of performance emphasize the effects that different staging techniques will have on the audience.


Bexley, E. (2014). Plautus and Terence in Performance. In M. Fontaine, & A. Scafuro (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of Greek and Roman comedy (462-476). Oxford University Press.

Online Publication Date Jan 23, 2014
Publication Date Jan 23, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 6, 2017
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 462-476
Series Title Oxford handbooks
Book Title The Oxford handbook of Greek and Roman comedy.


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Copyright Statement
This is a draft of a chapter that was accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the book 'The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy' edited by Michael Fontaine and Adele C. Scafuro and published in 2014.

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