a mock‐heroic satire by Charles Churchill in heroic couplets, originally 730 lines, but expanded in later editions to 1,090.
It describes the attempt to find a worthy successor to Roscius, the celebrated Roman comic actor who died c.62 bc. It provides satiric sketches of many famous theatrical personalities of the day, both actors and critics (including Quin, Foote, and Colman the elder). But Churchill's criticism is not all negative, and his praise of Garrick, chosen to succeed Roscius, is high.
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Charles Churchill (1731—1764) poet