The Roman Stage: A Short History of Latin Drama in the Time of the Republic

By W. Beare | Go to book overview

APPENDIX G
THE DOORS SHOWN ON THE STAGE

THE view taken in this book is that, in addition to the entrances in the wings (open throughout the course of the performance) there were three practicable doors, perhaps all of the same size, in the permanent back-scene, set unobtrusively but visibly in the wall of the scene-building, and that these were the doors which the actors used for the purposes of the play; it being understood that any door which was not required in a particular play was for the time being simply disregarded. This I imagine to have been the rule ever since the construction of the scene-building in the fifth century; but it is particularly relevant to Roman Comedy. The theory that the projecting paraskenia, or wings, were themselves sometimes used to represent the houses of characters1 seems to me to violate a general principle of staging in comedy -- that the stage represented a section of street in front of the houses of the characters.2

The accompanying sketch will make clear the relation of the house-doors to the side-entrances, as I understand it.

That there were three doors at the back of the stage is stated by both Pollux and Vitruvius. 3 The statement of Pollux that the central door was reserved for the principal actor, the door to the right for the second actor and the door to the left for the least important character, absurd as it is, seems inspired by an attempt to connect the trinity of doors with the trinity of actors, and thus confirms the statement that there were three doors. It will be noticed that Vitruvius and Pollux speak of three doors in connexion with tragedy as well as with comedy, and offer explanations of the use to which each of the three doors is put in tragedy. These

____________________
1
See e.g. Pickard-Cambridge, Theatre of Dionysus, p. 59.
2
See Gomme, Essays in Greek History and Literature, p. 253, note 1.
3
Cf. Haigh, Attic Theatre, p. 189, and p. 241 above.

-277-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Roman Stage: A Short History of Latin Drama in the Time of the Republic
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 292

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.