Demons and dancers: performance in late antiquity

TitleDemons and dancers: performance in late antiquity
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWebb, R
Number of Pagesviii + 296 pp.
PublisherHarvard University Press
CityCambridge, Mass.

Compared to the wealth of information available to us about classical tragedy and comedy, not much is known about the culture of pantomime, mime, and dance in late antiquity. Charges of obscenity and polemical anti-theater discourse have, at times, erased these popular performance traditions from the modern imagination. Demons and Dancers returns us to the times and places where those great ancient theaters were more than picturesque ruins dotting the Mediterranean landscape. []