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declamation  

M. Winterbottom

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Dec 2015
Declamation (Lat. declamatio, Gk. meletē) was over a very long period the main means employed by teachers of rhetoric to train their pupils for public speaking. It was invented by the Greeks, who ... More

fabula  

Peter G. M. Brown

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Mar 2016
Fabula was the general Latin term for ‘play’ or ‘drama’. Ancient terminology is not entirely consistent, but the following types of Latin fabulae are mentioned: fabula*Atellana; crepidata, almost ... More

ghosts  

Esther Eidinow

Identifying a ghost in Greek literature and distinguishing it from what we might call a delusion or a supernatural entity can sometimes pose difficulties: *Homer tends to use the term ... More

imitatio  

Gian Biagio Conte and Glenn W. Most

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Dec 2015
Imitatio (μίμησις), the study and conspicuous deployment of features recognizably characteristic of a canonical author's style or content, so as to define one's own generic affiliation (see ... More

lyric poetry, Latin  

D. P. Nelis

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Mar 2016
The modern definition of lyric (verse neither epic nor dramatic but characterized by brevity, use of stanzas, and the enthusiastic expression of personal experience and emotion) would have meant ... More

Macrobius, Ambrosius Theodosius  

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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Mar 2016
(1) De verborum Graeci et Latini differentiis vel societatibus, (2) Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis, (3) Saturnalia; in MSS of (2) and (3) styled vir clarissimus et illustris (the highest grade of ... More

pantomime  

William Beare and Antony Spawforth

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Mar 2016
Pantomime, the most popular art-form of Roman theatre under the empire, in which a solo dancer (pantomimus, παντόμιμος) represented mythological themes without voice, supported by instrumental music ... More

papyrology, Latin  

J. David Thomas

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Jul 2015
In comparison with Greek papyri, Latin papyri are uncommon, even when “papyri” is understood in a wide sense so as to include *ostraca and parchment scraps. This is so because the vast majority of ... More

parasite  

Peter G. M. Brown

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Mar 2016
A stock character of Greek and Roman comedy. At first called kolax (‘toady’, ‘flatterer’, as in Eupolis' Kolakes of 421 bce, named after its chorus), the type acquired as a joke in the 4th cent. the ... More

Pyramus and Thisbe  

Stephen J. Harrison

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Mar 2016
Pyramus and Thisbe are the hero and heroine of a love story mainly known from Ovid, Met., 4. 55–165. They were next-door neighbours in Babylon, and, as their parents would not let them marry, they ... More

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