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I. Preliminary comment

Acrobats, tumblers, fools, jesters and magicians appeared as entertainers before audiences in town and country. These specialists, who earned their living with their performances, either had a fixed abode or were travellers in the Graeco-Roman world. Their presentations were geared towards audience expectations and often reflected societal conventions, their counter-images or merely wishful thinking.

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Schäfer, Alfred, “Entertainers”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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