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Aesopus

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(1st cent. bc),

tragic actor, ‘dignified’ (Horace Epistulae 2. 1. 82), contemporary of Q. Roscius (Quintilian Institutiones 11. 3. 111 ‘Roscius is livelier, Aesopus more...

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artists of Dionysus

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Generic name for the powerful guilds into which itinerant Greek actors and musicians formed themselves from the 3rd cent. bc. Their formation reflects the demand for Attic‐style drama from...

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Dionysia

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Many festivals of Dionysus had special names, e.g. Anthesteria, Lenaea, etc. This article concerns those Attic festivals known as (a) the Rural Dionysia, and (b) the City or Great Dionysia....

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Quintus Roscius Gallus

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The actor, was an equestrian. Supreme in comedy, he also played tragic parts. His name became typical for a consummate actor, his popularity being prodigious. His earnings were enormous. He...

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satyr-play

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An ancient Greek drama with chorus of satyrs engaged in lively dances. Satyrs, or more properly silens, were half-horse, half-human mythical companions of Dionysus. Satyr costume consisted...

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Terence

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(c. 190–159 bc),

Roman comic dramatist. His six surviving comedies are based on the Greek New Comedy; they use the same stock characters as are found in Plautus, but are marked by...

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Thespis

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(6th century bc),

Greek dramatic poet, regarded as the founder of Greek tragedy; Aristotle named him the originator of the role of the actor in addition to the traditional chorus....

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