The public square or marketplace of an ancient Roman city that was the assembly place for judicial activity and public business.
In the ancient Roman calendar, the fifteenth day of March, May, July, or October, and the thirteenth day of the other months.
Feast of Lupercal
A Roman festival supervised by priests on February 15th celebrating the god of fertility. The festival included a race in which men dressed in sacrificial goat skins would run through spectators in the streets, and their touch was thought to cure sterility.
Of or relating to the common people of ancient Rome
A member of one of the noble families of the ancient Roman Republic, which before the 3rd century B.C. had exclusive rights to the Senate and the magistracies (a position where one has the power to enforce or create laws)
(A) An officer of ancient Rome elected by the plebeians to protect their rights from arbitrary acts of the patrician magistrates.
(B) a protector or champion of the people.
A government of three officers or magistrates functioning jointly
The supreme council of state of the ancient Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire
A philosophy that focuses on
•Duty, self-discipline, and subjection to the natural order of things
•Civic obligations; duty BEFORE self!
•Repressing all emotions—do not outwardly show happiness, sadness, etc.
•Speaking in a calm and emotionless manner
A philosophy that focuses on
•Human freedom; "I am the center of my universe" attitude
•Being good only to increase one's own happiness; self BEFORE duty!
•Eliminating fear from life, especially fear of death and the fear of the supernatural (the gods live in their own world and are too busy to bother with us on earth).
•Speaking in a vibrant and emotional manner
Person, place, or thing placed in the wrong period of time. Ex: A clock is mentioned in Julius Caesar, but clocks had not yet been invented.
An address to the absent or dead are spoken to as if present or the inanimate, as if alive
Remarks unheard by other actors on the stage when an actor on stage turns his head toward the audience to speak
Unrhymed lines written in iambic pentameter. Each line has 5 sets of unstressed then stress syllables - 10 syllables total
Humor inserted into the play to break a serious mood
The dropping of important hints by the author to prepare the reader for what is to come. Ex: "Beware of the ides of March"
The conscious use of overstatement or exaggeration by a writer for effect. Ex: He died a thousand deaths.
A figure of speech which combines two terms that in ordinary usage are contraries or opposites. Ex: Jumbo shrimp
Humorous play on words indicating different meanings. Ex: A cobbler saying he is the "mender of soles"
Speech delivered while the actor is alone on stage. It informs the audience of what is happening in the character's mind or gives needed information about other characters.