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Roman and Medieval Theatre

If Greek theatre is taken to be sublime, and many think that it is, Roman theatre, at least, can be taken to be BIG. And I mean BIG. Imagine, if you will gigantic theatrical arena filled with water in which would be floating half scale ships that would recreate famous naval battles. Imagine the gladiators (you've probably seen some of them). And in terms of theatre, real performance, imagine famous myths and tales, reenacted by slaves.

To sum up Roman Theatre is to simply say that they took what the Greeks gave them, and made it BIGGER, but not necessarily better.

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