What went on in Roman theatres?
What sorts of events did Roman audiences come to see?
This talk explores the origins and development of Roman drama from the mid-Republican period to the early Principate (c. 200s B.C. – A.D. 100s). It encompasses: theatre buildings, prominent playwrights – Plautus, Terence, Seneca – and the dissemination of performances in the provinces.
To close, we shall take a brief look at amphitheatres and spectacle entertainment.
Dr Erica Bexley, is an Assistant Professor in Classics and Ancient History with a special interest in Roman drama – both tragedy and comedy. Educated in Australia and the U.S., she came to the U.K. in 2014, working briefly at Cambridge and then at Swansea before taking up her post at Durham University in 2017.
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