Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Fabula Atellana

(Latin: ´┐ŻAtellan play´┐Ż), the earliest native Italian farce, presumably rustic improvisational comedy featuring masked stock characters. The farces derived their name from the town of Atella in the Campania region of southern Italy and seem to have originated among Italians speaking the Oscan dialect. They became a popular entertainment in ancient republican and


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