Assignment #4: Sculpt

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1. We will assure each member participates by focusing on an event that pulls all of our research together, touches on everyone's research, and then have action/speaking parts for everyone. Equal involvement as far speaking,acting, musical instruments,etc.
2. We will try to touch briefly on everything we researched, (even if it is a quick list of on spectacles), and then primarily focus on the spectacle of 166B.C., the celebration of Anicius Gallus's victory of Greece. We won't drown the class in information because we will have them focus on one event that ties in the themes of Greek entertainment vs. Roman entertainment, what spectacle is (and how it isn't theatre), and how spectacle relates to political power.
3. Our presentation will be acting/musical/speaking on our part and require audience participation. The speakers will narrate the story of the Spectacle of 166 B.C. and explain the themes shown in the story. The audience will act as the Roman audience present at the spectacle and be asked to respond as the Roman audience would. We will utilize signs and music to help create this environment. We've played with the idea of working outside but have concerns about weather and time limits (however the space between Anderson and Ferguson would make a great arena like space).

Argument: The bloody spectacles in Ancient Rome have a direct tie to political power. Ancient Roman spectacle is NOT theatre, and is in fact very different from the performance aspect found in Greece at the same time. The Spectacle of 166 B.C. is an example of the bloodshed and violence found in Roman spectacle and also represents the ties to the political and sociological environments of Ancient Rome. Every spectacle happened for a reason.

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Good work, everyone! It looks like your project is coming together.
Only two comments about your argument:
1. Make sure you follow through on all your statements. When you say, "Every spectacle happened for a reason," what are you really saying? You can gain much more clarity by telling us what specifically the The spectacle of 166 BC accomplished and how that accomplishment set the bar for future organizers of the spectacles. (Of course, I don't know what precisely you're talking about, so I may be a bit off and you might have to adjust your specificity to your site of inquiry).

2. You claim that spectacles are not theatre. Do you mean that they don't fit in with the definition of theatre in the time of Ancient Rome? Is it possible that by including Spectacles like these in our discussion of theatre history we will expand out understanding of theatre, theatricality, and the uses toward which theatricality was put?

Also, in terms of going outside, keep the weather in mind. It looks like it will be freezing next week...

Grade: 93%

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