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Atellana

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

(sc. fabula), in origin a native Italian farce. It was a masked drama, largely improvised, with stock characters. It became a literary form for a short time in the period of Sulla....

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Caecilius Statius

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(RE 25)

author of fabulae palliatae (fl. 179 bc, d. 168, according to Jerome, who says he was an Insubrian gaul, perhaps from Milan. He was taken to Rome as ...

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closure

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies.

1. A satisfying sense of completion or completeness.

2. A defining feature of a narrative that resolves all of the issues in a ‘proper ending’. See narrat...

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fabula

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

The ancient Roman term for a play. The genres of Roman drama were named and classified according to their subject matter. A fabula palliata was a play composed in Latin ...

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Juan Ruiz

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

(c.1283–c.1350) Author of the Libro de buen amor (or Libro del arcipreste).

The Libro is a (pseudo-)autobiographical work that draws on a wide range of medieval genres, including...

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Livius Andronicus, Lucius

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A freedman of the Livii, commonly held to be the first to compose poems of the Greek type in Latin. He produced a comedy and a tragedy at the Ludi Romani of 240 bc and wrote the text of a...

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Matthew of Vendôme

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(fl. 1175–85) Teacher of grammar, rhetoric, and poetry.

Student of Bernard Silvestris and fierce enemy of Arnulf of Orléans, he was active at Tours, Orléans, and Paris. He wrote Arsnull...

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palliata

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

(sc. fabula, ‘drama in a Greek cloak (pallium)’), the type of comedy written at Rome by Plautus and Terence, either known or mostly assumed to be adaptations of (Greek) New Comedy (see...

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Pamphilus

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A widely read, anonymous, 12th-century school text. Modelled on Terence via Ovid, this Latin comedy depicts the title character’s efforts to win a virtuous woman. Its influence on later...

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Pathelin, Farce de maistre Pierre

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The most celebrated of the medieval French farces, dating from before 1470, of uncertain authorship, and written in octosyllabic couplets. Its central figure is the duplicitous lawyer...

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