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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 well known theatrical leisure, in addition to a re-assessment of where of Laberius' paintings inside its old and literary context. this can be the 1st English translation of the entire fragments, and the 1st specific English remark on them from a linguistic, metrical, and (wherever attainable) theatrical standpoint.

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Mim. : –peª d• kaª m©mhsiv Ëp†rcei t¼ –pitždeuma, —kat”rav d• «d”av met”cei – nÓn m•n g‡r oÉ semn‡ schmat©zontai, nÓn d• p†shv a«scÅnhv ˆphllagm”na.  Cf. Evanth. exc. de com. , p. , p.  Wessner: planipedia autem dicta ob humilitatem argumenti eius ac vilitatem actorum.  The definition of Isidore of Seville, writing in the seventh century (Orig. ), is even less original, reliable, and detailed than that of Diomedes. ), and relates the Greek etymology of the word mimus to imitation of human affairs without giving further explanation as to why this should be so.

Apol. mim. –; Arist. Po. ; Val. Max. ; Quint. ), and two of his plays have titles (%k”striai, Qunnoqžrav) which resemble titles of the extant fragments of Laberius (Belonistria,  Reich’s culturally prejudiced views about an ‘Eastern’ and a ‘Western’ mime were severely criticised by A. K¨orte NJklAlt  () –, W¨ust Mimos, and Bernini Mimo. Before Reich, the topic was discussed by N. Calliachius, De ludis scenicis mimorum et pantomimorum (Padua ); O. Ferrari, De pantomimis et mimis dissertatio (Wolfenbuettel ); Ziegler; Gryzar Mimus; J.

Wessner: planipedia autem dicta ob humilitatem argumenti eius ac vilitatem actorum.  The definition of Isidore of Seville, writing in the seventh century (Orig. ), is even less original, reliable, and detailed than that of Diomedes. ), and relates the Greek etymology of the word mimus to imitation of human affairs without giving further explanation as to why this should be so.   On mime-caricature see G. M. A. -P. C`ebe, La caricature et la parodie dans le monde romain antique des origines a` Juv´enal (Paris ) –, .

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