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Theatrical entertainments

Henry Flitcroft

Theatrical entertainments

consistent with social morality and religion in a letter to the author of "The stage the high road to Hell", shewing the writer"s arguments to be fallacious, his principles enthusiastic and his authorities (particularly from the antients) misconstrued and perverted; with a counter-dedication to the Rev. Mr. Madan.

by Henry Flitcroft

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Published by [s.n.] in London .
Written in English


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Series[English stage -- 3]
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Open LibraryOL13985586M

The laws of the Romans and the speculations of Plato have this resemblance, that the latter pronounce a wholesale condemnation of poetical fictions, while the former restrain the license of satire, at least so far as men are the objects of it. Of these plays, the most inoffensive are comedies and tragedies, that is to say, the dramas which poets write for the stage, and which, though they often handle impure subjects, yet do so without the filthiness of language which characterizes many other performances; and it is these dramas which boys are obliged by their seniors to read and learn as a part of what is called a liberal and gentlemanly education. They were usually allegorical in character, acting out the virtues of good governance in symbolic form, and were often enriched by ornate props and sumptuous costumes. From its nuanced reading of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's Pizarroto its accounts of wartime productions of Shakespeare, description of performances at the minor theatres, and detailed case study of dramatic culture in Bristol, Valladares's book reveals how theatrical entertainments reflected and helped shape public feeling on the Peninsular campaign.

Soutwark Fair by Hogarth showing a puppet show and an acrobat among the popular entertainments. And the discussion of this question, being deferred till the next day, is carried on in the third book with great animation. He is at his best in his lucid descriptions of specific spectacles and places for spectacles: Pompey's theatre, Augustus' funeral, the murder of Caligula, Nero's Golden House and trip through Greece. Nay, how could they but grant to them the highest civic honors? For Metellus, the most highly esteemed of all the Romans, who had five sons in the consulship, was prosperous even in this life; and Catiline, the worst of menreduced to poverty and defeated in the war his own guilt had aroused, lived and perished miserably.

Beacham proposes cogently again following others that public spectacles replaced assemblies as outlets for popular sentiment in the principate; but aside from citing anecdotes, he offers little analysis of just how this outlet may have worked. What sane man would compare a republic such as this, I will not say to the Roman empire, but to the palace of Sardanapalus, the ancient king who was so abandoned to pleasures, that he caused it to be inscribed on his tomb, that now that he was dead, he possessed only those things which he had swallowed and consumed by his appetites while alive? Let them read our commandments in the Prophets, GospelsActs of the Apostles or Epistles; let them peruse the large number of precepts against avarice and luxury which are everywhere read to the congregations that meet for this purpose, and which strike the ear, not with the uncertain sound of a philosophical discussion, but with the thunder of God's own oracle pealing from the clouds. The Greeks think they justly honor players, because they worship the gods who demand plays; the Romans, on the other hand, do not suffer an actor to disgrace by his name his own plebeian tribe, far less the senatorial order. Were it not more accordant with every virtuous sentiment to read Plato's writings in a Temple of Platothan to be present in the temples of devils to witness the priests of Cybele mutilating themselves, the effeminate being consecratedthe raving fanatics cutting themselves, and whatever other cruel or shameful, or shamefully cruel or cruelly shameful, ceremony is enjoined by the ritual of such gods as these?


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As the chariots rolled to the centre of the stage, they carried the flats into view. Cicero makes some further remarks, and concludes the passage by showing that the ancient Romans did not permit any living man to be either praised or blamed on the stage.

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This was a characteristic that the movement shared with the new industrial-based show business. The sources examined in this book, however, point to the fact that spiritualist sittings staged in Victorian households also stimulated playfulness and amusement.

During this period, belief in spirit communication spread throughout America and Europe. The people, overwhelmed by these oppressive measures, and most of all by exorbitant usuryand obliged to contribute both money and personal service to the constant warsat length took arms and seceded to Mount Aventine and Mount Sacer, and thus obtained for themselves tribunes and protective laws.

You see what kind of men the Romans were, even so early as a few years after the expulsion of the kings; and it is of these men he says, that equity and virtue prevailed among them not more by force of law than of nature. Perhaps they were present, but asleep?

For a long while the virtue of Rome was uncontaminated by theatrical exhibitions; and if they had been adopted for the sake of gratifying the taste of the citizens, they would have been introduced hand in hand with the relaxation of manners.

Plato strove, though unsuccessfully, to persuade the light-minded and lascivious Greeks to abstain from so much as writing such plays; the gods used their authority to extort the acting of the same from the dignified and sober-minded Romans.

If the Sabines were wrong to deny their daughters when the Romans asked for them, was it not a greater wrong in the Romans to carry them off after that denial?

Nay, how could they but grant to them the highest civic honors? If a man be a nuisance to his neighbor, or injure his property, familyor person, let him be actionable; but in his own affairs let everyone with impunity do what he will in company with his own familyand with those who willingly join him.

This Platowhom they reckon a demigod, and who used all his eloquence to preserve men from the most dangerous spiritual calamities, has yet not been counted worthy even of a little shrine; but Romulus, because they can call him their own, they have esteemed more highly than many gods, though their secret doctrine can allow him the rank only of a demigod.

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If such happiness is distasteful to any, let him be branded as a public enemy; and if any attempt to modify or put an end to it let him be silenced, banished, put an end to. And yet this same writer acknowledges in the first book of his history, in the very exordium of his work, that even at that time, when a very brief interval had elapsed after the government had passed from kings to consuls, the more powerful men began to act unjustlyand occasioned the defection of the people from the patricians, and other disorders in the city.

But, some one will interpose, these are the fables of poets, not the deliverances of the gods themselves. Tropics Entertainment has you covered with our top of the line live bands for events, disc jockeys and specialty silent discos.

Belief in spirit communication required the constant confirmation of empirical evidence: only the accumulation of facts and phenomena made it possible to profess and believe.

Although Lycurgus pretended that he was authorized by Apollo to give laws to the Lacedemonians, the sensible Romans did not choose to believe this, and were not induced to borrow laws from Sparta.

But that demigod Plato resisted the lust of such gods as these, and showed the Romans what their genius had left incomplete; for he absolutely excluded poets from his ideal state, whether they composed fictions with no regard to truthor set the worst possible examples before wretched men under the guise of divine actions.

Charles I canceled his coronation entry in but Charles II's elaborate entry in gave rise to the first true pageant book in England, written and organized by the humanist scholar John Ogilby. Of these plays, the most inoffensive are comedies and tragedies, that is to say, the dramas which poets write for the stage, and which, though they often handle impure subjects, yet do so without the filthiness of language which characterizes many other performances; and it is these dramas which boys are obliged by their seniors to read and learn as a part of what is called a liberal and gentlemanly education.

What, indeed, could be more equitable and virtuousthan to carry off by force, as each man was fit, and without their parents' consent, girls who were strangers and guests, and who had been decoyed and entrapped by the pretence of a spectacle! An elaborate system of winches, ropes, and pulleys made it possible to change every part of a setting by turning a single winch.

Moreover, if the Romans had been able to receive a rule of life from their gods, they would not have borrowed Solon's laws from the Atheniansas they did some years after Rome was founded; and yet they did not keep them as they received them, but endeavored to improve and amend them.

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