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(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. Atellanae continued to be performed at least until the time of Juvenal. They seem to have been primarily low‐life comedies, often in coarse language, set in a small Italian town and giving a humorous portrait of rustic and provincial life; the familiar characters were shown in a variety of situations. See comedy, latin.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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