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Personae oscae e il riso popolare nelle atellane

Title in English Personae oscae and the folk laughter in the Atellan Farces


Year of publication 2008
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sborník prací Filozofické fakulty brněnské univerzity, řada klasická N, Graeco-Latina Brunensia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Linguistics
Keywords Atellan Farces; Folk Laughter; Folk Theater Genres; Roman Comedy; Personae oscae; Italic; Stock Characters; Pomponius; Novius
Description Fabula atellana, a short satiric composition with stock characters, is the subject of this study. I was interested how former Oscan Atellan Farces could have looked like, how the Roman youth transformed them when performed in Rome and what remained unchanged in a written form, they received from Latin poets Pomponius and Novius. It seams the Latin poets adopted the typical Italian humor, folk themes and of course the Personae Oscae, fixed masks with characteristic features. I have chosen those fragments where the material corporal elements occur and which were preserved in such a form that we can sense that folk laughter retained by the Latin poets in the smart puns or euphemisms. Other quotations have been chosen to present the typical personalities of these characters characterised also by their proper names.
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