Maschera e comicità nel teatro popolare italico - Salvatore Monda - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Aevum Antiquum Vita e Pensiero

Maschera e comicità nel teatro popolare italico

digital Maschera e comicità nel teatro popolare italico
fascicolo AEVUM ANTIQUUM - 2017 - 17
titolo Maschera e comicità nel teatro popolare italico
Masks and comedy in the early italian popular drama
Editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 04-2019
doi 10.26350/020747_000013
issn 1121-8932 (stampa) | 1827-7861 (digitale)
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The Atellan farce, a popular form of theatrical entertainment which originated from the Oscan town of Atella and was performed in Latin outside Campania, is generally referred to as a theatre of improvisation. Its comic character is based on the use of fixed characters and situations. In Pomponius’ and Novius’ plays, which have come down to us only in fragments, the tone is farcical and the action seems to fade into the grotesque: the speeches featuring in the fragments are often full of obscene double meanings. It would be useful to reconstruct the features of the stage space, the circumstances of the performance, and the principles of acting in order to better understand this form of drama. The fabula Atellana has its revival in the age of Sulla, when it draws much of its inspiration from the comoedia palliata.


Atellan Farce, Roman Comedy, Plautus, Phlyakes

Biografia dell'autore

Salvatore Monda, Università degli Studi del Molise. Email: