By Mario Erasmo
Roman tragedies have been written for over 300 years, yet merely fragments stay of performs that predate the works of Seneca within the mid-first century C.E., making it tough to outline the position of tragedy in old Roman tradition. however, during this pioneering e-book, Mario Erasmo attracts on all of the to be had facts to track the evolution of Roman tragedy from the earliest tragedians to the dramatist Seneca and to discover the position performed by way of Roman tradition in shaping the conception of theatricality off and on the stage.
Performing a philological research of texts educated by means of semiotic concept and viewers reception, Erasmo pursues major questions during this examine: how does Roman tragedy develop into metatragedy, and the way did off-stage theatricality come to compete with the theatre? operating chronologically, he seems at how performs started to comprise a rhetoricized fact on degree, therefore pointing to their very own theatricality. And he indicates how this theatricality, in flip, got here to permeate society, in order that actual occasions akin to the assassination of Julius Caesar took on theatrical overtones, whereas Pompey's theatre establishing and the lavish spectacles of the emperor Nero intentionally blurred the strains among truth and theatre. Tragedy finally declined as a strength in Roman tradition, Erasmo indicates, simply because off-stage truth grew to become so theatrical that on-stage tragedy may possibly now not compete.