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Mime
(2,861 words)

(μῖμος/mîmos, lat. mimus).

I. Greek

[German version]

A. General remarks

Mimos signifies in the first place the actor in the popular theatre, then the play itself in which he - alone or with a small number of others - portrays human types by word and gesture (cf. μιμέομαι , miméomai: imitate) in for the most part comic or coarse scenes. Relying on the Aristotelian concept of mimesis, Diomedes gives the definition (GL I p. 491): Μῖμός ἐστιν μίμησις βίου τά τε συγκεχωρημένα καὶ ἀσυγχώρητα περιέχων, ‘Mimos is an imitation of life encompassing what is a…

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Furley, William D. (Heidelberg) and Benz, Lore (Kiel), “Mime”, 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 13 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e804960>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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