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The word “theater” (from the Greek theatron, “place for viewing,” via Latin theatrum, “[open-air] place for viewing [spectacles or plays]”) in the early modern period had a social sense that went far beyond watching or performing drama, and that was considerably wider in scope than today. It was neither associated with institutions, nor properly susceptible to experience and description as a s…

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Niefanger, Dirk and Rode-Breymann, Susanne, “Theater”, 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 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028805>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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