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The Roman stage, often portrayed as the church’s nemesis, featured a wide variety of acts, from the subtle dance of the pantomime to jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, and of course the comic mime. As this essay will attempt to make clear, the early church objected to the traditional, pagan Roman “public games” (or Ludi), but antitheatrical homilies masked…

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Walker White, Andrew, “Theatre”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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