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Classical Drama and Theatre

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Whether it is because the Romans are adapting actor-limited Greek comedy and, thus, naturally carry over a restricted number of speaking characters to their drama, or because situation-based comedy by definition often focuses on a limited number of characters, or because star performers need to maintain control of center stage, or for some other reason, Roman comic playwrights appear to have a restricted number of speaking performers at their disposal, just not a standardized three as Menander had.

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