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Latin 205

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Actors and stage building

All members of the class will give a 15-20 minute report during the second week of block on their area of expertise after reading the appropriate secondary material. These reports should accomplish two things:

  1. inform the rest of the class about Roman theatrical practice/culture in your area.
  2. discuss how the ancient practices are/are not being adapted for the class performance.

Each group should present to the class a written summary/outline of the material they read and a written report on the suggestions for the performance. On each handout, please include the topic, names of presenters, and bibliography consulted.

Consult the bibliography for the complete reference. Duckworth and Marshall are on reserve at Cole Library. Articles marked with $ are especially important. All oral reports benefit from some sort of audio-visual aid, whether it is an outline of your presentation, pictures, plans, drawings, or something else. Everyone from the group should be familiar with all the readings since some readings present different takes on the ancient evidence. Everyone in the group should contribute to and participate in the class presentation. Finally, reports should not be longer than 20 minutes so that there is ample time for questions and comments.

Slavery in the Middle Republic

  • Sandra Joshel, "Practices of Slaveholders and the Lives of Slaves." Slavery in the Roman World. New York: Cambridge, 2010. 111-60.

Women and Gender during the Middle Republic

  • Phyllis Culham, "Women in the Roman Republic." Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic. Ed. Harriet Flower. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2004. 145-55.
  • Marilyn Skinner, "Early Rome: A Tale of Three Cultures." Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Ch 7. (on Moodle)

Costumes

  • Saunders, ch 1;
  • Wiles, Ch 7;
  • Marshall, "Costume," 56-66 (on Reserve)
  • J. Michael Walton. "Social and Domestic Drama." The Art of the Ancient Greek Theatre. Ed. Mary Louise Hart. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010. 128-54. (good for images, but pay attention to the dates of the artifacts)

Masks

  • Wiles, Chs 5-6;
  • Marshall, Ch 3, "Masks," 126-58 (on Reserve)
  • J. Michael Walton. "Social and Domestic Drama." The Art of the Ancient Greek Theatre. Ed. Mary Louise Hart. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010. 128-54. (good for images, but pay attention to the dates of the artifacts)

Music and Meter

  • Duckworth, Ch 13, "Meter and Song" (on Reserve)
  • Anderson, Ch 5, "Comedy by the Numbers"
  • Moore, "Music and Structure in Roman Comedy"$
  • Moore, "Facing the Music: Character and Musical Accompaniment in Roman Comedy," esp. pp. 130-43, 151-53$
  • Marshall, Ch 5, "Music and Metre," 203-44 (on Reserve)

Performance Spaces

  • Duckworth, Ch 4, "Presentation and Staging," pp. 73-88 (on Reserve)
  • Beare, Ch 23, "The Stage and the Actors' House," and App. E, F, G
  • Beacham, Ch 3, "Early Roman Stages," esp. the part of the chapter where he discusses stages from the time of Plautus and Terence
  • Marshall, Marshall, "Performance Spaces," 31-48; "Set," 49-56; and "Audience," 73-82.$ (on Reserve)

Stage Conventions and Techniques

  • Duckworth, Ch 5, "Stage conventions and Techniques" (on Reserve)
  • Slater, Ch 8, "Convention and Reaction"
  • Marshall, Ch 4, "Stage Action" (on Reserve)

 

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