Roscius


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Roscius

(ˈrɒskɪəs; -sɪəs)
n
1. (Biography) full name Quintus Roscius Gallus. died 62 bc, Roman actor
2. (Theatre) any actor
ˈRoscian adj
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(9) '[T]hey left aside their disguisings & played bare face, till one Roscius Gallus the most excellent player among the Romaines brought vp these vizards [masks], which we see at this day vsed, partly to supply the want of players, when there were moe parts then there were persons, or that it was not thought meet to trouble & pester princes chambers with too many folkes.
In return, Dublin gave him both his permanent moniker of the "English Roscius" and a potent anecdote that mythologised his impact on theatrical audiences: Garrick fever.
(22.) See Cicero's speech, Pro roscius amerino, and the execution of one Publicus Mallelus as described in Rhetorica ad Herrenium.
(5) Significantly, Quintilian advocated learning from the recorded examples of the great tragic actors of the distant past, Roscius, Aesopus, or the comic actors Demetrius and Stratocles, rather than simply mimicking contemporary performers.
What the emoluments of Roscius were, I do not recollect, but it was reported that they were almost incredible." George Anne Bellamy, An Apology for the Life of George Anne Bellamy, Late of Covent-Garden Theatre.
In Francesco's Fortunes (1590) published the same year, he mocked the renowned Roman actor Roscius (10): "Why Roscius, art thou proud with Esops Crow, being pranct with the glorie of others feathers?" (quoted in Melnikoff 44).
(Full disclosure: This list must also include Black Theatre Canada's production of African Roscius (Being the Life and Times of Ira Aldridge) written by myself and produced by Vera Cudjoe in 1987 at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto.)
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