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NEH Summer 2012 Institute, “Roman Comedy in Performance”


Dorippa has discovered that her husband Lysimachus is harboring a prostitute in their house. She wrongly thinks that it is his prostitute rather than his friend Demipho's. At the precisely the wrong time, the cook arrives who Demipho had asked Lysimachus to hire for a party. Lysimachus becomes increasingly frustrated with his friend Demipho. Filmed in Forest Theatre, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Version 1: Performed in Latin to illustrate a scene that would have not been accompanied in the original performance. This is the only scene of the Institute that would have been unaccompanied in its original Roman performance. Dorippa is played assertively, and the cook knowingly complicates Lysimachus' troubles.

Produced at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, July 2012, as part of the NEH Summer Institute, "Roman Comedy in Performance," co-directed by Sharon L. James and Timothy J. Moore. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Department of Classics and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, provided further funding.


This video is a performance featuring Butler University faculty member, Christopher Bungard. Produced at the NEH Summer 2012 Institute. Roman Comedy in Performance. Archived with permission from the Co-Directors of the NEH Summer Institute.