Decimus Laberius: The Fragments by Costas PanayotakisDecimus Laberius: The Fragments by Costas Panayotakis

Decimus Laberius: The Fragments

EditorCostas Panayotakis

Hardcover | March 31, 2010

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This is a newly revised, critical text of the fragments attributed to the Roman knight and mimographer Decimus Laberius, a witty and crudely satirical contemporary of Cicero and Caesar. Laberius is perhaps the most celebrated comic playwright of the late Republic, and the fragments of plays attributed to him comprise the overwhelming majority of the extant evidence for what we conventionally call 'the literary Roman mime'. The volume also includes a survey of the characteristics and development of the Roman mime, both as a literary genre and as a type of popular theatrical entertainment, as well as a re-evaluation of the place of Laberius' work within its historical and literary context. This is the first English translation of all the fragments, and the first detailed English commentary on them from a linguistic, metrical, and (wherever possible) theatrical perspective.
Title:Decimus Laberius: The FragmentsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:542 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.18 inPublished:March 31, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052188523X

ISBN - 13:9780521885232


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Defining the Roman mime; 2. Origins and chronological development of the genre; 3. Testimonia on Laberius; 4. Facts and problems; 5. Laberius' language and themes; 6. Laberius' prosody; 7. The history of the text of Laberius' mimes; 8. An overview of the anthologies containing Laberius' mimes; Sigla codicum; The fragments; Text; Translation; Commentary; Appendices.