palliata

Definition

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  • A form of Roman comedy that used plots taken from Greek NewComedy of the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. The actors worethe pallium, a type of Greek cloak, and the characters weregiven Greek names. The action was always set in the street. The leadingexponents of the palliata were Terence, CaeciliusStatius, and Plautus, who adapted the form to give it a moreRoman flavour. The palliata seems to have died out around thebeginning of the first century BC.
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