Due: By noon on Saturday, November 10, you must post a proposal on your group's blog.
This proposal must contain the following information:
1. What specific time period do you plan to research?
[100 BCE-476 CE] Roman Empire [27 BC - 476 AD]
2. What artist(s) and/or work(s) do you plan to focus on specifically? [Plautus, Terence, Seneca... Lucius Annaeus Seneca-- Seneca the Younger; 4 BC - AD 65], Circus Maxiumus playwrights(?)]
3. What social [Circus/private games] and/or political events [holding private games for better (?) political standing] are happening at the time you are investigating? Wars (see timeline on "Links" page), political leaders...
4. Briefly describe how you reached consensus on the scope of your group project.
After thorough research in the library and Jstor, we were able to find topics within the broader topic that we are interested in, and will work from there.
We started with a google search to find out what "Ancient Roman Spectacle" is... the spectacle part, anyway. It's violence. We went on to see who would have been a part of "Spectacles", was it simply games? Did it have anything to do with political things at the time. Were things more Grecian or Roman? Was one adopted be another. >>Mostly taking place during the Roman Empire [27 BC - 476 AD]
5. What materials did you consult to help you make your decision (MLA)
Boatwright, Mary T. "Theaters in the Roman Empire." The Biblical Archaeologist 53.4 (1990): 184-92. American Schools of Oriental Research. JSTOR, Dec. 1990. Web. 8 Nov. 2012.
Damen, Mark. "413 Roman Theatre, Classical Drama and Theatre." Classical Drama and Society- USU EDU. N.p., 2012. Web. 08 Nov. 2012.
Hammer, Dean. "Roman Spectacle Entertainments and the Technology of Reality." Arethusa 43.1 (2009): 63-86. Project Muse, 2010. Web. 8 Nov. 2012.
Klar, Laura S. "Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History." Theater and Amphitheater in the Roman World. Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2012.
Parker, Holt N. "The Observed of All Observers: Spectacle, Applause, and Cultural Poetics In the Roman Theater Audience | Holt Parker - Academia.edu." Studies in the History of Art. Ed. Bettina Bergmann and Christine Kondoleon. Academia.edu, 1 Jan. 1997. Web. 08 Nov. 2012.
So far we have looked at: The Roman Empire, Seneca the Younger, gladiator battles, relationship between theatre and politics, chariot racing, circuses, mime and pantomime, Masadonian Wars, amphitheatre vs coliseum, Circus Maximus
Grace: circus and playwrights, Circus Maximus
Kelsey: structure of theatre, politics
Josie: spectacles themselves, chariot racing,
Jane: gladiators, spectacles of death, public killings
Britty: The Roman Empire, Rome at time
what is meant by spectacle?: spectacle in ancient Rome may refer to spectacles of death, gladiator battles, and public executions. (we have chosen to focus on the spectacles of death and not chariot racing/circus)
What is the difference between theatre (proper) and spectacle?: spectacle: unscripted, brutal killings,higher stakes, stark reality, blood/violence in front of audience, less predicability. Theatre: scripted, killings not seen onstage, less violence, not reality.
This proposal must do two things: 1.) It must reveal the work you've done to make your decision.
2.) It must begin to map a research agenda that will bring your final presentation to fruition.