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New Directions in Ancient Pantomime

Edith Hall and Rosie Wyles


This book studies the most important form of theatre in the entire Roman empire—pantomime, the ancient equivalent of ballet dancing. Performed for more than five centuries in hundreds of theatres from Portugal in the West to the Euphrates, Gaul to North Africa, solo male dancing stars—the ancient forerunners of Nijinsky, Nureyev and Baryshnikov—stunned their intercultural and cross‐class audiences with their erotic costumes, gestural delicacy, and dazzling athleticism. In sixteen specially commissioned and complementary studies, the leading world specialists explore the all aspects of the anci ... More

Keywords: pantomime, dance, ballet, mask, music, theatre, Roman empire, libretti

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199232536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edith Hall, editor
Professor of Classics & Drama, Royal Holloway College, University of London
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Rosie Wyles, editor
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama, University of Oxford
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I The Pantomime Dancer and his World

II Pantomime Libretti

8 Virgil on the Popular Stage*

Costas Panayotakis

10 Seneca and Pantomime

Bernhard Zimmermann

III The Idea of the Pantomime Dancer

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