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Aesopus, Clodius

(163 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] Tragedian in 1st-cent. BC Rome; respected freedman ( nostri familiaris Cic. Ad Q. Fr. 1,2,14), achieved wealth as a ‘star’. Scattered mentions provide no coherent picture of his art. In the role of Atreus, carried away by emotion, he is said to have killed a servant with his sceptre (Plut. Cicero 5,5), but  Cicero says his anger was simulated (Cic. Tusc. 4,55). His use of facial expression was praised (Cic. Div. 1,80); however Fronto (p. 143,13-14) emphasizes his intensive study of masks […

Protagonistes

(354 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] (πρωταγωνιστής/ prōtagōnistḗs, 'first in competition', esp. 'first actor, chief presenter'). As a t.t., rare and attested only late; since the derived verb πρωταγωνιστεῖν/ prōtagōnisteîn was used in a metaphorical sense ('stand in the foreground') as early as Aristotle (Aristot. Poet. 1449a 18 and Pol. 1338b 30), however, the word prōtagōnistḗs may have its origin in the 5th cent. BC. In dramatic competitions much depended on the abilities of the prōtagōnistḗs. Aeschylus [1] personally undertook the leading parts in his tragedies, while Sophocles […

Masks

(1,705 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] I. Phoenicia Facial masks and head protomes (also shortened human representations including the neck and shoulder part) are a common type of monument since the 9th/8th cent. BC in the Phoenician-Punic world. They spread from the Levant (here going back to the 2nd millennium, e.g. in Tell Qāṣila, also from Tyrus, Amrīt, Akhzib, Hazor, Sarepta etc.) via Cyprus, Carthage, Sicily (Motya), Sardinia and Ibiza into the far west (Cadiz). The masks (with openings for eyes and mouth) mostly …

Ekkyklema

(226 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] (ἐκκύκλημα; ekkýklēma). Theatre machine, through which ‘interior scenes’ could be made visible: a platform which ‘rolled out’ of the fly tower. Since the word ekkyklema is not documented prior to Poll. 4,128 (Aristophanes, however, uses the related verbs) and since clear archaeological indications are lacking, the existence of such a device in the theatre of the 5th cent. was called into question despite better knowledge of the texts [1; 2]. The tragedians removed bloody acts of violence from the audienc…

Choregos

(180 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] (χορηγός; chorēgós). Literally ‘chorus leader’ (in lyric texts); in Athens the ‘sponsor of a lyric or dramatic chorus. The choregoi themselves were responsible for assembling their chorus of citizens, looking after their upkeep during the month of rehearsals, seeing to the smooth running of rehearsals, which were led by the poet or by a professional chorodidaskalos, and above all for meeting the costs. (In Plautus the choregos became a lender of costumes; in Plaut. Curc. 462-486 he makes a metatheatrical appearance.) Many ancillary services ( parachoregema) were c…

Cytheris

(167 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] Descriptive artist's name (‘belonging to Aphrodite’) of a Roman mime actress ( mima) of the 1st cent. BC; bought out of slavery by Volumnius Eutrapelus, her official name was Volumnia (Cic. Phil. 2,58). Nothing is known about her stage performances, but all the more about her erotic qualities. She attained notoriety as mistress of Antonius [I 9]: before his marriage to Fulvia in 47 she accompanied him on his public appearances in an open litter (Cic. Att. 10,10,5; Plut. Antonius 9,7). Cicero …

Pylades

(340 words)

Author(s): Binder, Carsten (Kiel) | Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
(Πυλάδης/ Pyládēs, Doric form Πυλάδας/ Pyládas, Pind. Pyth. 11,23). [German version] [1] Friend of Orestes Phocian hero, son of Strophius and Anaxabia (e.g. Eur. Or. 764 f.; other mothers: schol. Eur. Or. 33, Hyg. Fab. 117). P. and Electra [4] (Eur. Or. 1092; 1207 ff.; Eur. IT 716 among others) were the parents of Strophius and Medon [4] (Paus. 2,16,7; Hyg. Fab. 119 f.) or Medeon (Steph. Byz. s. v. Μεδεών). P. grew up together with Orestes [1] and partakes in the latter's revenge on his mother and Aegisthus. F…

Mechane

(320 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] The Greeks called any mechanical device μηχανή but in the narrow sense it referred to the Greek theatre machinery: a crane installed behind the stage as a flying apparatus that can be swung into the scene to take the characters in a drama to a remote location or cause gods to appear up high. The mechane is referred to in drama texts and later sources under many names: κρεμάθρα ( kremáthra, ‘suspension device’, Aristoph. Nub. 218), γέρανος ( géranos, ‘crane’ [in both senses], Poll. 4,130), αἰώρημα ( aiṓrēma, ‘swing’, schol. Aristoph. Pax 80), κράδη ( krádē, ‘fig branch’, Ari…

Satyrus

(1,465 words)

Author(s): von Bredow, Iris (Bietigheim-Bissingen) | Knell, Heiner (Darmstadt) | Schmitz, Winfried (Bielefeld) | Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Et al.
(Σάτυρος/ Sátyros). [German version] [1] S. I King of the regnum Bosporanum from 433/2 to 389/8 BC. Son of Spartocus I. S.' co-regent may have been (until 393/2) his brother Seleucus [1]. S. directed his attention at the Asiatic coast of the Cimmerian Bosporus (Bosporus [2]). He restored the Sindian King Hecataeus following a revolt, and allied with him through a dynastic marriage. S.'s divorced wife then sent the King of the Ixomates against him (Polyaenus, Strat. 8,55). S. died during the siege of Theodosia. von Bredow, Iris (Bietigheim-Bissingen) Bibliography V. F. Gajdukevič, Da…

Bronteion

(146 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] (βροντεῖον; bronteîon). Device for producing thunder in the theatre. Behind the scenes a leather sack filled with pebbles was made to collide with a bronze metal plate or stones were shaken in iron vessels (Poll. 4,130; Schol. Aristoph. Nub. 292), but late witnesses certainly are not reporting from their own experience. In tragedy, thunder provided a background for the appearance of gods or catastrophes sent by the gods, and the authors did not differentiate between rumbling in the…

Neoptolemus

(2,308 words)

Author(s): Scherf, Johannes (Tübingen) | Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA) | Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster) | Engels, Johannes (Cologne) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Et al.
(Νεοπτόλεμος; Neoptólemos). [German version] [1] Son of Achilles and Deidamia The son of Achilles [1] and Deidamia, the daughter of king Lycomedes [1] of Scyros. Rare but explainable variants of the mother's name are Pyrrha (Heliodorus 3,2 = Anth. Pal. 9,485,8) and Iphigenia (Duris of Samos FGrH 76 F 88; on this FGrH 2 C 130). Homer only knows the name N., and Pyrrhus probably only becomes more common in the 4th cent. (first Theopompus FGrH 115 F 355) because of dynastic considerations of the Epirote king…

Manducus

(168 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[German version] Roman mask figure with an etymologically transparent name (derived from the verb mandere/manducare, meaning ‘chewer, ‘eater); its origin, however, is uncertain. According to Paul. Fest. 115 M. was brought along in the celebratory procession at the circus games ( pompa circensis; cf. [1]) as a tooth-gnashing monster to elicit laughter and fright. If we follow Varro (Ling. 7,95), this M. seems to have found his way into the improvisational Atellana fabula , where he was identified with the character of Dossennus [1] (whose name has b…

Latinus

(795 words)

Author(s): Prescendi, Francesca (Geneva) | Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster) | Montanari, Franco (Pisa)
[German version] [1] Mythical ancestor of the Latin people (Greek Λατῖνος; Latînos). Mythical eponymous ancestor of the Latini. According to the Greek version, L. and his brother Agrius are the sons of Odysseus and Circe and kings of the Tyrrheni on the Island of the Blessed (Hes. Theog. 1011ff.). Servius (Aen. 12,164), who refers to a no longer identifiable Greek author, takes up this origin of L., but identifies him as the founder of the city of Rome, which was named for Rhome, the sister of L. Accor…

Ekkyklema

(200 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[English version] (ἐκκύκλημα). Theatermaschine, mit der man “Innenszenen” sichtbar machte: eine auf Schienen aus dem Bühnenhaus “herausrollende” Plattform. Weil das Wort e. erst bei Poll. 4,128 belegt ist (Aristophanes verwendet aber die entsprechenden Verben) und klare arch. Hinweise fehlen, hat man die Existenz einer solchen Vorrichtung im Theater des 5. Jh. wider besseres Textverständnis in Frage gestellt [1; 2]. Die Tragiker entzogen blutige Gewalttaten den Augen der Zuschauer, zeigten aber danach Täter und Opfe…

Kytheris

(154 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[English version] Sprechender Künstlername (“der Aphrodite gehörig”) einer röm. Mimus-Schauspielerin ( mima) des 1. Jh.v.Chr.; von Volumnius Eutrapelus freigekauft, hieß sie offiziell Volumnia (Cic. Phil. 2,58). Über ihr Bühnenspiel ist nichts bekannt, umso mehr aber über ihre erotischen Qualitäten. Notorischen Ruhm erwarb sie sich als Mätresse des Antonius [I 9]: In offener Sänfte (Cic. Att. 10,10,5; Plut. Antonius 9,7) begleitete sie ihn bei seinen Auftritten, bevor er im J. 47 Fulvia heiratete. Cicero v…

Choregos

(162 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[English version] (χορηγός). Wörtlich “Chorführer” (in lyrischen Texten); in Athen der ‘Sponsor eines lyrischen oder dramatischen Chores. Die Ch. mußten ihren Bürgerchor selbst zusammenstellen, für seinen Unterhalt während der Probenmonate sorgen, den reibungslosen Verlauf der Proben sichern, die der Dichter oder ein professioneller Chorodidaskalos leitete, und vor allem die aufwendige Ausstattung finanzieren. (Bei Plautus ist so der Choragus zum Kostümverleiher geworden; Plaut. Curc. 462-486 erhä…

Hypokrites

(1,150 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
(ὑποκριτής). [English version] I. Begriff Das zugrundeliegende Verbum ὑποκρίνομαι ( hypokrínomai) bedeutet bei Homer “auf Anfrage eine Entscheidung treffen”, “deuten” (von Vorzeichen: Hom. Il. 12,228 oder Träumen: Hom. Od. 19,535; 555) bzw. “antworten” (Hom. Od. 2,111). Als Grundbed. für das erst im 5. Jh. v.Chr. bezeugte Nomen h. wurde darum bald “Antworter” (auf Fragen des Chorführers), bald “Deuter” (des Mythos, den der Chor vortrug) postuliert. Es bezeichnet den Sprecher, der den Sängern des Tragödien- oder Komödienchors entgegentrat un…

Roscius

(1,288 words)

Author(s): Fündling, Jörg (Bonn) | Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster) | Eck, Werner (Köln)
Ital. Gentilname mit vielen Trägern in Ameria (CIL XI 4507-4516) und Lanuvium (CIL XIV 3225-3227). Fündling, Jörg (Bonn) I. Republikanische Zeit [English version] [I 1] R., L. Röm. Gesandter, 438 v. Chr. von den Fidenaten getötet Röm. Gesandter, 438 v. Chr. mit seinen drei Kollegen von den Fidenaten (Fidenae) getötet und deswegen mit Statuen auf der Rostra geehrt (Cic. Phil. 9,4; Liv. 4,17,2-6). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [English version] [I 2] R., Sex. Vater und Sohn; letzteren verteidigte Cicero 80 v. Chr. gegen den Vorwurf des Vatermords und der Unterschlagung Aus Ameria, So…

Deuteragonistes

(134 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[English version] (δευτεραγωνιστής). “Zweiter Schauspieler”, von Aischylos eingeführt, doch ist die Bezeichnung d. jünger. Während der “erste Schauspieler” ( prōtagōnistḗs) traditionell die Hauptrolle übernahm ( Átossa, Oidípus, Médeia) und sich mit dieser identifizieren konnte, hatte der d. - erst recht der “dritte Schauspieler” ( tritagōnistḗs) - eine Vielzahl verschiedener Rollen zu bewältigen. Die dem d. zufallende Textmenge war beträchtlich, schneller Maskenwechsel verlangte großes deklamatorisches Können, brachte aber im Vergleich zur Rolle d…

Kallippides

(201 words)

Author(s): Blume, Horst-Dieter (Münster)
[English version] (Καλλιππίδης). Trag. Schauspieler des 5./4. Jh.v.Chr., der, populär und umstritten, lange nach seinem Tod in Erinnerung blieb. Er selbst war mehrfach siegreicher Protagonist, so an den Lenäen des J. 418, jedoch errang die Tetralogie seines Dichters keinen Preis [1]. Sein ausdrucksstarkes, auf realistische Wirkung zielendes Gebärdenspiel entsprach moderner Manier; es mißfiel dem Mynniskos, der einst noch mit Aischylos aufgetreten war und den jungen Kollegen wegen seiner übertriebe…
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