Stage Antiquities of the Greek and Romans and Their Influence

Stage Antiquities of the Greek and Romans and Their Influence

Stage Antiquities of the Greek and Romans and Their Influence

Stage Antiquities of the Greek and Romans and Their Influence

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The subject of this volume appears at first sight to be tripartite. In fact, however, it is essentially bipartite, and the title might well have been "The Stage Antiquities of the Greeks and Their Influence." For among the ancient Romans the theatre and the dramatic art in its several aspects were very largely importations from various parts of the Hellenic world. In the following pages, therefore, the subject of influence is not confined to chapters XI and XII, as one might at first suppose, but chapters II and IV and parts of VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X belong here as well.

The limitations of space have made necessary a rigorous selection of material and a high degree of condensation. In consequence many details have had to be sacrificed, even whole topics omitted Controversial matters especially have been pruned in the quick. The result, I fear, will please no one even as it fails to satisfy my own desires. But if it shall appear that the . . .

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