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date: 13 August 2020

mime 

Source:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Author(s):
Elaine FanthamElaine Fantham, Costas PanayotakisCostas Panayotakis

The mimus (μῖμος) was an imitative performance or performer.In Greece, as elsewhere, the instinct for imitation found its expression in the mimetic dance. From early times solo performers, by play of gesture, voice, and feature, gave imitations of neighing horses, etc. (Pl. ...Barefoot clowns (planipedes, Festus 342 Lindsay) playing without masks improvised sketches in the streets of Rome and Italy before the popularity of mime won it regular official presentation at the Floralia (first instituted ... ...

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