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The word “stage,” from the Vulgar Latin staticum (place to stand) via the Old French estage, took on the sense of a raised platform for performance in the 14th century, and today generally denotes a place that is regularly used for public performance, for example, in debating, theater, or opera. In the early modern period, it could also refer to “performances” in legal proceedings or anatomy (Anatomical theater). It separates the performing space from the audience via its raised and high…

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Niefanger, Dirk, “Stage”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017865>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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